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Voice Of Del Amitri Gets Better and Better!,
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This review is from: The Great War (Audio CD)
Justin Currie has come up trumps yet again with his latest solo offering. His follow up to What Is Love For? is full of the usual heartbreaking and uplifting tunes that have lit up my life over the past 20 years or so. With this release, he sounds more like Del Amitri, which seems like a weird thing to say but compare it to his first solo album and you'll see what I mean.
What Is Love For? was melancholy, thoughtful and predominantly acoustic, a quiet unassuming album. 'The Great War' has more of a 'band' sound to it and could easily pass as a new Del Amitri record. This time round Justin has surrounded himself with players such as Mick Slaven (Guitar) Peter Adams (Piano), Nick Clark (Bass) and Jim McDermott (Drums) as well as a wealth of talented support musicians. Iain Harvie being absent on a recording for the first time ever.
There is no doubt in my mind that Justin Currie pocesses a gift for songwriting. His clever, catchy and thought provoking songs capture his mood about love, life and possibly the universe! I've often refurred to him over the years as the spokesman for dissapointment, but he has definately been promoted to the cabinet as minister of heartache! The fact that he finds happiness 'Anywhere Where I'm Away From You' speaks for itself.
'A Man With Nothing To Do' could possibly be a national anthem, if promoted by national radio stations, as it sums up the feeling of a nation, well half of it!
'At Home Inside Of Me' is currently my favourite song with it's extremely catchy melody and chorus.
'You'll Always Walk Alone' is a sad obsevation of married life I think we can all relate to. You can spend a lifetime together, but that final walk into the light is rather disturbingly alone.
Justin Currie has written some great songs over the years from 'Move Away Jimmy Blue' (1989), 'Surface Of The Moon' (1992), 'Never Enough' (1995), 'Mother Nature's Writing' (1997), 'Cash & Prizes' (2002), 'If I Ever Loved You' (2007) to 'Can't Let Go Of Her Now' (2010). There will inevitably be more, I hope so. Buy this now.