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As singer and main songwriter in Del Amitri, formed in Glasgow in 1983, Justin Currie wrote many of the band’s biggest hits, including ‘Roll To Me’, ‘Always The Last To Know’, and ‘Nothing Ever Happens’
For 25 years since Del Amitri hit the British consciousness with their breakthrough album "Waking Hours" that spawned the hit single 'Nothing Ever Happens' Justin Currie has been universally acclaimed within the music industry as one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation. Despite that album selling over a million copies in the UK alone it has nevertheless been a mystery as to why he has not had even more recognition.
However this may be about to change with the advent of the latest of his 3 solo efforts this week, the new CD: "Lower Reaches"
This album takes your breath away with its sheer virtuosity and range. The naked promise hinted at in the first track Falsetto, is realised as track after track hits you between the eyes, right through to the final and arguably best track on the album "Little Stars".
With Currie its the lyrical and poetic excellence that elevates his work into the stratosphere. His avowed intent is to "Get more Poetry into Rock and Roll" and on this outing it is clear that not only has he succeeded, but his instinct for subtle but wry observation of the human condition is as sharp and scathing as ever. This is one album that could stand up alongside, or even surpass the scathing poetry of Jim Morrison. Its truthful, and it covers a thousand universal conditions. Love, death, everything. Its all here.
The music itself is more diverse than one might expect, the production was done by Mike McCarthy in Austin, Texas. His studio is known for its use of old fashioned gear that eschews digital equipment and sounds warmer for it. What is remarkable here however is that this album has managed to retain that spirit whilst using some interesting and adventurous effects, like the sometimes intrusive but insistent programmed drum loops that become contagious on repeated play. Its remarkable that this works alongside good old country boy session musicians from the deep south that play Curries intelligent melodies. But it does.
Genuine quality these days is so scarce, craftsmanship and beauty being hard to find. But its alive here, and its supported by the distinctive and velvety range of Currie's stunning voice. He really is getting better with each release. Its unbelievable, and I'm thankful for it. For the price of 3 or 4 Latte's you can buy something here that will probably affect you for the rest of your life. I suggest you do. Thanks for reading this.Read more ›
This is Justin Currie's 3rd solo album and and although I do not love it as much as the prior two (his first, "What Is Love For" is for me, simply the best album ever made), it is another fine example that once again shows he is a master.
His lyrics are brilliant, as is his voice. I read something that likened his voice to Franks Sinatra, but a more accurate assessment would be that Justin Currie is Frank Sinatra crossed with Franz Kafka. He is quite sincere as either a cynic masquerading as a romantic, or a romantic masquerading as a cynic, and this ambiguity is what makes all of his great songs work.
This album does have a more Del Amitri "feel" than his other solo albums because it contains many more up-tempo songs (not to be confused with "up-beat"), and continues with his trademark Justin-Currie lyrics that are dark, yet somehow still optimistic, and quite funny in that "that was a stab of truth" way.
The first single from the album, "Bend To My Will" starts with a riff from the Eagle's "Already Gone" and ends with "I won't leave her until she bends to my will".
"I Hate Myself For Lovin' You" is the catchiest song (best candidate for a single??) and the second-best song to dance to.
"On My Conscience" is a kitschy/catchy/country-western tune that is great for a country-swing, with ouch lyrics that are funny-mean and show a poor reflection on the character of the character singing the song (vintage Justin Currie).
Some of the tracks do suffer from intrusive instrumentation, especially the percussion (drum machine?) on "Little Stars" and "Priscilla". Unfortunately, "Priscilla" is almost unlistenable because of it, but the lyrics are stellar and this is a great song to hear live. There is a video on you-know-who-tube of "Little Stars" that really shows the power of this song (search for Mrs Craig).
The lyrical standouts: "Into a Pearl" reminds me of the person I wish not to ever be and some dear people I wish better for. "Half of Me" has some of the best lines ever written, and oh yeah, they are about regret and the human struggle to be true, whatever that might mean:
but half of me knows that half of me regrets rippin' through the years without a hope of happiness but failure never held me any fears until I had success
but half of me deserves everything it gets
"Falsetto" re-imagines the standard "Dad doesn't get it" relationship between a father and a son as God and Jesus, and the denouement with a spot-on use of the f-word is quite satisfying.
"Lower Reaches" is missing a nice scather like "Nothing Ever Happens" or "No, Surrender" or "The Fight To Be Human", but there is enough to soothe the long-time Justin Currie fan while hopefully appealing to fans of the Dels who may not have heard him solo and to the new fans I hope will flock his way (baa baa from us all).
Compared to his other albums, this seems a bit more light-weight and is very short; but hey, sometimes you want something a little less deep, and it is still quite good.
Many of his fans (myself included) consider him to be the most underrated songwriter and singer on the planet. "Lower Reaches" is a much more accessible work than his prior solo efforts and may help to change that. And that's what both halves of Justin Currie, singer/songwriter, deserve.Read more ›
For some reason this country seems to settle for mediocrity and third rate music for the mindless reality TV and junk food masses. Along with the peerless Ian Mcnabb Justin Currie crafts eloquent, melodic, heartfelt and inspiring music time and time again. Lower Reaches maintains the high bar he has been producing since What is Love For and I can't recommend it highly enough. As with all his work it takes a few listens to really get into and hear the pain, the cynicism and just the fantastic tunes he creates. On my 4th listen and gets better every time.Can't wait to hear the tracks performed live at Salford in September.
I have been an avid fan of this exquisite songwriter and singer since 1989 and with each new offering I remain captivated. His lyrical genius is full of poetic, melancholic beauty, cleverly crafted verse, accompanied by hauntingly beautiful, slick melodies. His voice still remains perfectly toned and as smooth as velvet. And if you think the album is good, go see him live, incredible! A must buy.... SUBLIME.
If Scotland had won the World Cup in 1998(I know, don't laugh)and not "Come home too soon" Del Amitri may have survived longer than they did and Justin Currie would be recognised for the great songsmith he was and indeed still is. This is a quality album of nagging, insistent excellence, of catchy songs with often deep or melancholic lyrics. Currie has a quality of delivery that most artists can only dream about. It may be too late to gain new converts but please give this guy a listen if you haven't already because he is head and shoulders above the current crop of performers.