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Lower Reaches

Justin Currie Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (19 Aug 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ignition
  • ASIN: B00D8GDR6M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Every Song's The Same 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. I Hate Myself For Loving You 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Description

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’

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effortless Singer Songwriting 20 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD
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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I like it and so will many of you 24 Aug 2013
By mcat
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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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Currie classic! 19 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 20 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The great "Undiscovered" songwriter 23 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 29 days ago by michael birnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album
Published 1 month ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Blummin excellent!
Published 3 months ago by sarah pownall
3.0 out of 5 stars I hate to say it but I think Justin's solo work ...
I hate to say it but I think Justin's solo work is steadily getting worse. The first album was superb, the second very good but this one is only just OK. Read more
Published 3 months ago by eyeglass
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite!
This is a beautiful album from start to finish, with musical pearls like "Falsetto", "Every Song's The same", "Into A Pearl" and "Half Of Me". Read more
Published 5 months ago by Messymind
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK album from Justin.
I have been a great Del Amitri fan for many years and was fortunate to see them on their recent comeback tour and it was like they had never been away. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John C Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best songwriters of our time
The only thing that keeps me from giving this record five stars is the electronic drums on some of the tracks. it's just not my thing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. Freebiarn-Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Great War is better
I am currently enjoying this album but do not think it's as good as the Great War. Looking forward to more from Mr Currie.
Published 10 months ago by Samantha Mc
5.0 out of 5 stars Justin currie...nuff said.
As a songwriter I can honestly say that Justin always gives me inspiration,...and not many do. This Album had some favourites right away..... Read more
Published 12 months ago by jason yates
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work
Everyone who has bought this album has done so because we all agree that Justin Currie is probably the best (and certainly the most underrated) songwriter of the last 20 years. Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. Hope
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