Κυριακή, 16 Αυγούστου 2009

Del Amitri - Twisted


Supposedly, Del Amitri were getting tired of the quiet folky pop songs they'd presented on earlier recordings, and this time they decided to drag the electric guitars out of the closet, and turn up the volume. The result? Good, but not brilliant. The opening tracks, "Food for Songs" and "Start with me" definitely shows this new, up-tempo side of Del Amitri. And while the first, with it's combination of rocking guitars and great harmonica, is pretty succesful, the latter is, well, not quite as impressive. Impressive, though, is the three following tracks, all classic Del Amitri ballads. Especially "One Thing left to do", with it's gentle piano, guitar and beautiful vocals, are among the highlights. The first half of the album ends with the surprisingly noisy "Being Somebody Else". At six and a half minutes, it's probably the most ambitious Del Amitri song to date. And the outcome is great. Unfortunately, the second half is not as convincing as the first, with the annoying hit single "Roll to me" being the obvious low point. Besides that, it consists of a couple of half-hearted ballads, and a few decent, but not too interesting mid-tempo rockers. The album ends on a high note, though, with the beautiful ballad "Driving with the Brakes on".

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