In Brief

Simple Minds, "Good News From the Next World," Virgin (**). The Scottish band writes lovely songs, but here again they are smothered by booming production and the hyper-drama of Jim Kerr's singing. Producer Keith Forsey, who crafted the No. 1 "Don't You (Forget About Me)," has reunited with the group (which plays the Mayan on Monday), but the subtlety of that seductive number is nowhere in evidence.

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