16/05/2012 | The Slade Rooms
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Now Currie returns with a second album The Great War, which delivers a bracing set of original compositions that break yet more creative ground - and should further cement Currie's place as an ambitious and versatile solo artist.
Justin Currie was the lead singer and bassist in Del Amitri.
The Great War finds Justin delivering some of his most compelling work to date, with such memorable numbers as "The Way That It Falls," "At Home Inside of Me" and the epic "The Fight to Be Human" overflowing with catchy melodicism and vivid wordplay, while "A Man With Nothing to Do" (released as a single on 26th April) "Can't Let Go of Her Now" and "You'll Always Walk Alone" offer a trenchant mix of romantic idealism and hard-won experience. "I didn't want to repeat what I'd done on What Is Love For," Currie states. "What Is Love For was intended as a very introspective record, and it was so sad and dark that I didn't really expect it to get any airplay. But The Great War is much brighter and more accessible; there are actually three or four positive love songs on there, which is unusual for me. This time, I wanted more major keys, and more variety in the tempos. I don't write a lot of up-tempo songs these days, so it took me a while to write enough to be able to get the kind of balance I wanted