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  • Vinyl (23 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B000TZGPXC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,931,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I mean this as a compliment. The songs sound a lot like the Del Amitri B Sides that graced the singles from the Waking Hours/Change Everything era. (This included my favourite Dels song, Another Letter Home).

What you have here is stripped back, beautifully crafted songs, with a simple uncluttered, largely acoustic arrangement. The songs have something to say and they say it well. I've heard the songs described as 'heavy hearted'and that about covers it. Not depressing but dealing with some of the bleaker aspects of life from loss of love, rejection and bereavement to a general disillusion with society. Whether he does or not, we'll never know, but Justin sounds like he is singing from bitter experience and he means every word. Soulful, moving and engaging.

If you liked Del Amitri you will not be disappointed and if your are just a fan of great songs you'll be hard pushed to do better than this.
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People expecting a Del Amitri album may not find what they're expecting here but that's not to say they won't like what they do find.

Justin Currie has moved on, at at least moved sideways and found another direction and has produced an album which, like all the best ones, takes time to really get into but ultimately rewards with repeated listening.

All that made Justin's Del Amitri compositions so perfect are here but he's added an extra maturity and assurance to his writing. It would be wrong to single out any one track because the album works as a whole rather than as a series of individual songs - although "No, Surrender" does seem a little at odds, fantastic song though it is.

If you like an album which is truly rewarding then buy this CD.
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With so much pap in the charts these days, it's hard to understand why Justin struggled to get a record deal. The man is an amazing talent. If you are a Del Amitri fan - or simply a fan of gimmick free good music - then you won't be dissapointed with this.

More melancholy and reflective than a Del Amitri album, this is Justin at his very best.
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If you want perfectly crafted songs, Justin is still a man you can go to. This is a gem on an album and it deserves to be heard. The melodies are achingly beautiful and the lyrics are both tender and true. The cynical edge remains on songs like 'Something in that Mess' and the wonderfully dark 'Where Did I go?'. Out of My Control is simply a perfect pop song and 'Gold Dust' will go around your head for days. The album ends on the touchingly defiant 'No Surrender', which has us reflecting on the need to keep stocking up the fridge and why we would need personal goal shoppers- some brilliant lines in this rant of a song. Best of all though is the heart wrenching moment at the end of 'What is love for?. Buy this album, you won't be disapponted. Every song hits home, line by line; heartache, loss and what it is like to really live with someone by your side in this world or else cope without them. What else is there?
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I have dearly loved Del Amitri and the work of Justin Currie ever since their first release. Perhaps 'Twisted' excepted which is equally good I think this is JCs best work. I had heard a couple of the tracks ahead of the release but was absolutely delighted with the complete work.

Something in that mess and out of my control being new to me are just quite superb.

I am lucky enough to say that I am seeing JC in concert in Liverpool on Satuday, probably nearly 20 years since I saw the Dels in the same place when Nothing ever happens was No.1

JC I am glad you are back, this is wonderful. Thankyou.
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I was a big fan of Del Amitri, primarily for the lyrics, Justin's voice, and Iain Harvie's guitar. Although Harvie makes only a small appearance on this album, these are probably the best songs Justin Currie has ever written and recorded.

Forget the more up-tempo or humourous songs you'll find on a Dels album - there's no "Drunk In a Band" or "Roll To Me" on here. Think the darker songs, the ones that screw every last drop of emotion out of both the words, and Justin's voice. Think "Move Away Jimmy Blue", think "Empty". But with the emotion turned up to 11.

The typical Currie twists in the tail of the songs are still there, but the lyrics are even more crafted than ever, and his voice has never sounded better.

Much has been said about "No, Surrender" being the 21st century postscript (or possibly epitaph) to the song that kind of started it all for Del Amitri, "Nothing Ever Happens". "No, Surrender" drips in vitriol as Nothing Ever Happens never could, and is a song of defeat, acknowledging that 20 years of writing songs has changed not one jot of the world around us. As long as he doesn't stop writing and recording songs...

This is an astonishing album, and probably the first album I have ever listened to 10 time in a single day! It should come with a money-back, satisfaction-guarantee - it wouldn't cost Rykodisc a penny, because nobody will give this back once they have heard it.
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I was watching music clips on youtube and If i ever loved you, popped up,justin singing on the songwriters circle,WOW i thought,what a voice,what a song,why wasn't music like this on the radio!,I have a couple of Del Amitri cd's and liked them,Driving with the brakes on,being my fav,I was a fan but not being there biggest fan,didn't know anything about Justin Currie being a solo artist[ I wish i had ],for the next few days I watched more and more clips of Justin live etc,bought this album plus his follow up The Great War from 2010 and now have tickets for my wife and I too see him in concet next month,in a 500 ish seater,i love small intimate concerts.I think this album is fantastic,shame i didn't hear this 4/5 years earlier,Justin can really craft a song,fantastic deep lyrics,fantastic voice,fantastic production,this album should have won awards,If i ever loved you,Something in that mess,Walking through you,What is love for, etc are all class.See Something in that mess on youtube,justin singing just sat in a village hall playing an organ like my Grandad used to own, fantastic.I love songs that aren't just i love you, you love me,something with a little more meaning.His follow up album is also 5*,my fav's beyng,You'll always walk alone,The fight to be human, Everyone I love, Baby you survived, The way that it falls etc.I hope a new album will be out soon,so i can be one of the first too buy this time,I am now one of Justin Currie's biggest fans. 7th March 2013 ********** 10* are not enough, Hi i'm back again to add more after a few more weeks of listening. If anyone out there wants an album to get their teeth into then this is the one, I can't recommend this enough, [as I've said I only came across it by luck on youtube 4 years after it was realised ].Read more ›
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