New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (studio album) by Simple Minds

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) by Simple Minds
Year: 1982
Overall rank: 867th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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77/100 (from 282 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1982 (12th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (131st)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (867th)
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This album is rated in the top 5% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.1/100, a mean average of 75.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.8.

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75/100
From 05/13/2022 16:56
This album is better than average but nothing too amazing. Yes it is synth pop technically but the bass carries this album. So glad I wasn't the only one to think that about this album. Somewhere between a 70-75. It's got a great aesthetic to it where you can just put it on for casual background music and drift for a hangout session or something of that nature.
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From 03/15/2022 00:57
Tracks 1,3,4,6,7 are the real standouts on this album and they are the songs which draw me back to this release. The catchy choruses and dream like state these songs put you into is fantastic. They do this with the use of the vocal and keyboards which form a deadly combo which gets stuck in your brain. The drum work is brilliant in places as well but the bass steals the show in my opinion and deserves all the credit that it gets. The record is such a smooth ride as well and creates a chilled out atmosphere that makes this album so accessible. However, I do think there are issues with this record such as the weaker tracks which do feel like filler. It also can get quite repetitive and you do find yourself getting kind of bored of the music by the closing tracks. It needs a bit more energy in places to really keep the flow going. Overall, some great moments on this record that I love to revisit but I don't think this album is amongst the truly elite.
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80/100
From 01/23/2022 08:55
Very good early 80s disco album to be used in A New Age and Futurist balls.
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90/100
From 12/02/2021 14:22
a top favorite of mine since its release. romantic edgy insightful flows throughout. pop prog new wave
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90/100
From 07/22/2019 15:29
Favorite Tracks:Big Sleep, Somebody Up There Likes You
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From 04/03/2019 07:54
This album is the most magical and satisfying album of the 80's. From the opening spacious sounds that take you to another place to the upbeat tracks like Promise You A Miracle, the dreamy Big Sleep and the mysterious Hunter and The Hunted, this album is strong from start to finish. The perfect album and my favourite from Simple Minds.
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80/100
From 11/21/2018 11:07
Not a bad album, tracks 1, 3, 6 and 7 are highlights, let down by some dull tracks.
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80/100
From 04/21/2018 14:17
A pretty solid album, I especially love the instrumental in the middle. Also a great album to sing along to-one of my favorites to do so. The bass in this album is fantastic.
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65/100
From 03/08/2018 13:53
This is another album that highlights the Eurocentric frame of reference of the editor of the 1,001 Albums list. It's OK, I guess, but its importance is totally lost on me.
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From 09/16/2017 07:13
Although I have this on CD and Vinyl it is always the vinyl copy which gets the spin. The depth of sound and vocals on New Gold Dream are superb. Other favourites are Glittering Prize and Someone Somewhere in Summertime. Best Simple Minds album from the eighties however it is a close call between this and the more up to date sound of Big Music imo.
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