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Del Amitri - Waking Hours [1990]

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Del Amitri - Waking Hours [1990]

1. Kiss This Thing Goodbye
2. Opposite View
3. Move Away Jimmy Blue
4. Stone Cold Sober
5. You're Gone
6. When I Want You
7. This Side Of The Morning
8. Empty
9. Hatful Of Rain
10. Nothing Ever Happens

I first heard this band listening to a free-form radio show in Philadelphia, and the DJ played the album without interruption. I was floored! The sadness, bittersweet reflections, and eventual recovery (not without cynicism) from an intense breakup have been perfectly captured here, and there are no false notes. Though not a "concept album," Waking Hours nevertheless follows the singer from accepting the relationship is doomed in the first cut ("Kiss This Thing Goodbye"), anger over his loss and the world in general ("Stone Cold Sober" and "You're Gone"), to thoughts of revenge ("When I Want You"), lament ("This Side of the Morning" and "Empty"), to eventual acceptance with a dose of cynicism and 'to hell with you' declarations in "Hatful of Rain." I really rooted for this guy to pull through by the end of the album. The album's last cut, "Nothing Ever Happens" is a scathing indictment of Glasgow life from our love-hardened protagonist. I had the pleasure to see this band live and meet them after the show. I told singer/bassist/band leader Justin Currie that Waking Hours helped me get over a bad relationship. He looked at me with a a small smile and said, "Me too."Waking Hours is simply terrific!

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