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Great vocals, but bin that drum machine!
on 14 July 2002
I've delayed writing a review for a few weeks while I got used to Del Amitri's new offering. Sure there are some real highlights on this album, but some very disappointing moments too; opportunities lost I'd say.
The opener is really enjoyable but sets the pace for the rest of the album - rather monotonous. I noticed on the sleeve notes that the final track ran to seven minutes plus, and thought it might be something really special. Wrong again. It's a good track but for some strange reason has half a minute of silence in it! Weird!
And then there is that drum machine droning on here and there; please dump it. Marillion tried it on their (otherwise stunning) latest album 'Anoraknophobia', and it was rubbish there too. If you've got a good drummer (and you have) please use him and sack the flimsy technology.
Anyway, you'll have gathered this isn't my fave DA album of all time. It's work a listen but only invest in it if you are a real fan.
There are some great lyrics here, great vocals and some humour, but the songs are mediocre by DA's usual standards. The overall impression is of disappointment I'm sorry to say.