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Released: Sept. 30, 1991

Rating: 4.188 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: pop/ blue-eyed soul

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Something Got Me Started
  2. Stars
  3. Thrill Me
  4. Your Mirror
  5. She’s Got It Bad
  6. For Your Babies
  7. Model
  8. How Could I Fall
  9. Freedom
  10. Wonderland

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 0.5
sales in U.K. only - estimated 3.36
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 11.5


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 76
peak on U.K. album chart 1 12

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Something Got Me Started (9/28/91) #23 US, #11 UK, #21 AC
  • Stars (12/14/91) #44 US, #8 UK, #8 AC
  • For Your Babies (2/22/92) #19 UK, #24 AC
  • Thrill Me (5/9/92) #33 UK
  • Your Mirror (7/25/92) #17 UK

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Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Simply Red
“Although it doesn’t have a single as strong as ‘Holding Back the Years’ or ‘If You Don’t Know Me by Now,’ Stars is Simply Red’s best album since their debut” E/R and “is considered by many to be their finest work.” WK “It’s smoother and more polished than their previous work, yet Mick Hucknall is singing better than ever and his songwriting is improving. That is a good thing, too, since Stars is the first Simply Red album not to contain any cover songs. Having absorbed his pop, soul, and reggae influences, Hucknall is now successfully writing songs in his own style, something that, with the exception of ‘Holding Back the Years,’ he hadn’t managed previously. The result, in Europe and especially the U.K., was a massive commercial breakthrough for the group. Stars even outsold Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at home. In America, where the band had never established much audience continuity beyond its two number one hit singles, it was a different story, which, given the band’s highly American-influenced sound, was a confirmation of the overall decline of English bands in the U.S. in the early ‘90s.” E/R

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Last updated December 1, 2009.