What Is Love for [VINYL]
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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.
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.
More melancholy and reflective than a Del Amitri album, this is Justin at his very best.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album is not a happy, chirpy album, but then it is Justin Currie so what did you expect. Buy it, listen to it, love it.Published on 17 July 2014 by Samantha Mc
This is just what a fan of Del Amitri would look for next. Good songs, great voice - the mix seems a little dated though, but I only discovered this album recently after buying... Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2013 by Amazon Customer
On first listen, this album had me. The song "What is Love For?" is hauntingly beautiful, and there are a few others that really stand out. Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2013 by C. McAlister
Great collection of songs. For me, as good as any Del Amitri albums. If your interested enough to look through these reviews, you should deffinatly get it.Published on 25 Jan. 2013 by Phil Larvin
This collection of songs really shows what a great songwriter Justin Currie is and very much underated. A fine wordsmith, check out 'No Surrender'. Read morePublished on 11 July 2012 by Del746