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    In addition to celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2022, Simple Minds have also released their 18th studio album. Direction of the Heart was released on October 21st. The album also links back to the Scottish band’s early days: ‘Act of Love’, a song included on the band’s first demo tape in 1977, is included as a re-recording.

    Singer Jim Kerr dedicated the single “Vision Thing”, which was released in the summer, to his father, who died in 2019. “‘Direction of the heart’ was a line that we had in mind for a long time,” says singer Jim Kerr of the album title. “Follow your own path and see it through – that, in short, sums up everything we’ve ever done.”

    Of Direction Of The Heart, Kerr said, “How do you make a feel-good electro rock record in the worst of times? ‘Direction Of The Heart’ is the result of this challenge. Who knew we would have so much fun making it?”

    Listen to the single “First You Jump” here:

    Raffle: “Direction of the Heart” as a signed test pressing

    Direction of the Heart was released on October 21st. ROLLING STONE is giving away the album as a signed test pressing.

    If you want to win, all you have to do is fill out the form and state “Simple Minds” as the solution. The closing date for entries is November 10th. I wish you success!

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