Picture Book (album dei Simply Red del 1985)

Esempio di debutto musicale di grande successo è PICTURE BOOK, primo album dei Simply Red del 1985: dieci canzoni d’impatto che uniscono pop funk e soul: generi felicemente nelle corde del solista Mick Hucknall.

Quasi 45′ di musica che partono con un classico, Come to my aid, in cui Mick esalta un motivo indelebile con sontuosi vocalizzi che si tramutano in soffi nel secondo pezzo, Sad old red, dall’accompagnamento vicino a un jazz moderno. Segue Look at you now, in evidenza quando entrano i fiati. Poi si passa a un capolavoro dei Talking Heads, Heaven, naturalmente stravolta magistralmente da Hucknall con una prestazione viscerale. Jericho, brano di notevole durata, mantiene un ritmo contenuto che approda ad un ficcante ritornello sospinto dal controcanto. Money’s to tight (to mention) fu un altro grande singolo del disco e come poteva non esserlo con il suo ampio sfoggio dei sopracitati generi che permeano l’album, così come lo è la struggente Holding back the Years, brano sul l’emarginazione che lascia la staffetta alle energiche Red box e No direction, caratterizzate dall’ottima interazione vocale tra Mick, Tim Kellet, Fritz McIntyre e David Fryman. Chiude Picture Book: sontuosa, emozionante e travolgente, con le sue percussioni, suonate da Chris Joyce e la tromba incalzante di Kellet. Il resto è opera della straordinaria e cangiante voce del “rosso”.

Un disco da collezione tra quelli che smentiscono la necessità di partorirne almeno 2/3 per ottenere un grande risultato.

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