I’m so enjoying Del Amitri’s “Fatal Mistakes” released last Friday - a beautifully recorded superbly mature and melodic entry to their body of work benefitting I think from the increased maturity of the 19 years since their last studio release. This album stylistically is ‘classic’ Del Amitri - it is very much in the “Waking Hours”, “Change Everything” and “Twisted” style and so if you love those albums you will for sure love this.
What’s particularly interesting is that they recorded the album by playing live in the studio and just added in a few overdubs later, a great way to work when the band are of this level of instrumental mastery. Ash Soan’s drumming in particular is utterly superb, guitarist Ian Harvie adds his usual masterful guitar work to the proceedings and singer Justin Currie is in brilliant form with his usual blend of ascerbic and poignant lyrical observations.
It’s a joy to have them back and I’m very much looking forward to the whole family going to Ireland this afternoon so I have the house to myself and I can finally give this magnificent album my undivided attention! I’ve got copies on both CD and vinyl and plan to sit there reading the sleeve notes and lyrics through hanging on their every word!
To give a flavour of the quality of songwriting within here’s the band doing a largely acoustic version of one of the best tracks online to celebrate the album release - great stuff!!