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Album Review

After four years in hibernation, Del Amitri emerged as a gang of mature pop stars. Dropping their edgy quirkiness, Justin Currie and the boys explored their Scottish folk roots, refashioned their sound, and quickly established themselves as a rock band with heart. Still retaining a bit of the Elvis Costello musical heritage, Del Amitri added a dose of Elvis Presley (check out Currie's sideburns!) and a healthy chunk of Van Morrison. This time, the critics flocked in droves, and the public started to take notice. Highlights include "Nothing Ever Happens," "Stone Cold Sober," and "Kiss This Thing Goodbye." ~ Steve "Spaz" Schnee, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Great Album!

For those of you who only know Del Amitri for roll to me, listen to their other stuff, because it's really good. Especially Waking hours. From the rockin opening of Kiss this THing Goodbye to the calm endong of nothing ever happens, it's really good.

del Amitri, the best thing that never happened!

I really wish more people had heard of this band, they are really wounderful. As a kid in the UK I loved this album, it's a shame that they didn't make it big 'state side', americans have a terrific broad taste in music and I think they would have embraced this band if they had been given half a chance. Give it a chance now and you won't be sorry!

Their finest

One of those records where every song belongs and is better than the next. This was a hard album to follow up. I never get tired of hearing it.


Formed: 1982 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Del Amitri's easy blend of Beatlesque pop and country-rock has made them a worldwide road and radio staple since the mid-'80s. Formed in Scotland in 1982 by bassist/vocalist/songwriter Justin Currie and longtime guitarist and collaborator Ian Harvie, the duo released Sense Sickness on a small Glasgow indie label the following year. Through heavy touring and positive word of mouth, the band -- which now included drummer Paul Tyagi and guitar player Bryan Tolland -- managed to impress the suits at...
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