Simply Red to release first album for 4 years

Simply Red are to release their first album for four years in May, and frontman Mick Hucknall says the "essence" of the LP will be songs about who he "really is".

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Simply Red are to release a new record in May, their first album for four years
Simply Red are to release a new record in May, their first album for four years

Simply Red are to release a new record in May, their first album for four years.

The group - who are fronted by singer Mick Hucknall - have announced their 13th studio LP 'Time', a follow-up to 2019 record 'Blue Eyed Soul', which will drop on May 26th.

'Time' will feature the band's new single 'Better With You', in which the 62-year-old star sings about his relationship with his wife Gabriella, who he married in 2010.

He said: "On the song itself, I'm reminiscing on phase one of the relationship with my wife, when we first met in Milan.

"At that time, I was single and just partying my way around the world.

"And I thought to myself, well, I didn't really know what I was doing. I was just going along, having a right old time. It just stemmed from there."

Mick admitted the "essence" of the album will be songs about who he "really is".

The star explained: "When we were in lockdown, I went, well, jeez, who am I actually?

"What makes me tick? And I realised: you are a songwriter. So why don't you write some songs about who you are? That's really the essence of this album.

"Music is one of those wonderful communicators. Each and every person can have an interpretation of a song that can mean something to them. To be able to create something that is then shared with millions of people all over the world – what a joy. How can anything be more rewarding and fulfilling than that?"

The full tracklisting for 'Time':

1. 'Better With You'

2. 'Just Like You'

3. 'Let Your Hair Down'

4. 'Shades 22'

5. 'It Wouldn't Be Me'

6. 'Never Be Gone'

7. 'Too Long At The Fair'

8. 'Slapbang'

9. 'Hey Mister'

10. 'Just Like You (Pt. 2)'

11. 'Butterflies'

12. 'Earth In A Lonely Space'