Simply Red were a British soul-pop band formed in 1984 by singer Mick "Red" Hucknall (born Michael James Hucknall, June 8, 1960, Manchester, England). The band sold more than 50 million albums over a 25-year career. Their style drew influences from blue-eyed soul, New Romantic, rock, reggae and jazz. Since their early days the main driving force behind the band was singer Mick Hucknall, who by the time the band broke up in 2010 was the only original member left.
Chevelle, La Gargola****: Sometimes bands are fairly subtle with their influences, sometimes they where them on their sleeves, and sometimes they bludgeon you over the head with them. If I hadn't known any better while listening to this, I would have wondered if this was a new Tool album. The music sounds like them. The vocalist sounds like them. The production. Everything. It's a good album, even great, but Chevelle is not Tool and I don't think they ever will be. 12/11/14