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Album Review

Those expecting a continuation of Justin Currie's work with Del Amitri were likely disappointed by his somber 2007 solo debut. While the album was professionally crafted, its overriding melancholy mood was quite a reversal from the bouncy, jangly pop that put Del Amitri on the charts for a short while. Now that it's out of his system, Currie returns to the sound he's best known for on his sophomore solo effort. The opening track, "A Man with Nothing to Do," sporting ringing guitars and an instantly hummable chorus, even seems like a rewrite of "Not Where It's At." There are lovelorn ballads here, but they are lightened by Currie's typically wry wordplay and hooks every bit as memorable as those that defined the best Del Amitri songs. As usual, the lyrics explore darker themes of lost love and relationships gone or going bad, but they do so with underlying wit and the often self-deprecating humor Currie is famous for. Musically, the appearance of Amitri guitarist Mick Slaven also can't help but reference the sound of Currie's old band. Slaven's twisted slide solo in "Everyone I Love" is one of this album's defining moments and shows that Currie isn't afraid to color outside of the pop/rock boundaries he generally stays within. Currie's vocals have also taken on an older/wiser quality, somewhat like those of Paul Carrack. There is no mistaking his distinctive voice as it meshes pathos and wisdom with tinges of light, especially on introspective material such as "You'll Always Walk Alone." Certainly The Great War is more commercially oriented than his previous release, but there are also moments when Currie shows that, unlike the majority of his radio-ready songs in Del Amitri, he's comfortable in less jaunty waters. That makes this set satisfying on many levels and should win back the Amitri fans he might have alienated the last time around.

Customer Reviews

Talented git!

If you like Del Amitri and Justin's previous solo album 'What Is Love For'? Then you'll love 'The Great War'. A shade brighter than 'What is love for' but still has that hint of nastiness about it, which I love. Standout tracks for me are 'Ready To Be', 'As Long As You Don't Come Back', and the effortlessly brilliant 'The Way That It Falls'. Another great album from Mr Currie… the talented git!

A true songwriting and performing great...!

Yet again Justin shows just what a wonderful Songwriter he is, a true great who deserves much more recognition than he currently receives.
With Del Amitri his songwriting and tune-smithery were underrated which was frustrating for any Del's fan, and if you are unfamiliar with their work go check that out too.
Justin reassures you (If you could ever have doubted it..!) he is a true 'Songwriting Great' buy this and you wont be let down...

Justin time....another work of genius.

Another exceptional piece of work from the most gifted singer/songwriter of his generation. A more ubeat anthemic album to his last offering and all I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW! From the incredibly infectious, striking pop of 'A man with nothing to do' and 'Can't let go of her know,' to the almost cinematic, musical feel of 'You'll never walk alone' and the Rolling Stones guitar punch of 'Ready to be,' every single song is markedly different, yet equally compelling. Currie translates effortlessly into the word of song, our frustrations with love and the emptiness and darkness that comes with heartbreak. Amazingly, the experience isn't one of self pity and depression, but exhilerating....how the heck does he do that?!

Biography

Born: 11 December 1964 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Justin Currie was born in Scotland on December 11, 1964. As the bassist/vocalist/chief songwriter for Scottish folk-pop outfit Del Amitri, the Glasgow native released six full-length records between 1982 and 2002 before embarking on a solo career. Currie's proven gift for infectious melodies paired with wry, earnest, and occasionally barbed lyrics carried over to his solo work as well. His 2007 solo debut, What Is Love For, was a highly introspective collection of lovelorn ballads...
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