Del Amitri were widely popular in the 80’s; Currie wrote some of their biggest hits including Roll to Me, Always the Last to Know and Nothing Ever Happens. They successfully released ten albums, with four of them reaching number one.
Waking Hours, which was released in 1989 sold over a million copies in just the UK. Leaving the band behind Currie release his third solo album, on his own label Endless Shipwreck through Ignition Records.
The opening track of the album is Falsetto, a smooth Pop Rock track with hair-raising falsetto harmonies and eclectic guitar riffs sounding in the background. Every Song’s The Same is another slightly upbeat Pop Rock ballad, Bend To My Will contrasts with Every Song’s The Same, the song begins with a fingerpicking guitar intro and husky vocals but then emerges into an upbeat hook filled chorus.
Priscilla has a percussion fuelled introduction, keys and guitars surround authentic vocals. This song could have easily been a Beatles track. I Hate Myself for Loving you is a pleasant track, as is On a Roll. Into a Pearl has a nice percussive beat behind poignant lyrics and an elegant piano melody.
On My Conscience sounds slightly country, with its upbeat rhythms and guitars. This has to be the standout song on the album. Half Of Me is chilling and the album closer Little Stars is delicate, gentle and melodious.
Little Stars is the gem of the album, it expresses vulnerability in Currie’s voice that isn’t present as much in the other tracks. It is definitely a strong collection of songs. Currie should have lots of success when it is released next week.
Currie guests on Song Writer Jimmy Webb’s upcoming duets album Within the Sound of My Voice and he quotes ‘Justin Currie is probably a revelation to some people in America. This is a voice you have heard somewhere and made a mental note to try and find out where those unique and seductive shivers originate. I thank you Justin for lending your great mastery and power to me.’
Justin will be on tour all through September and the London date is Tuesday the 10th of September at Union Chapel.