First Appeared in The Music Box, March 1997, Volume 4, #3
Written by John Metzger
While del Amitri has struggled to transform its moniker into a household name, it has scored quite a few hits, more than one might initially expect. Hailing from Scotland, the group mixes acoustic and electric instruments to mold catchy pop songs from the folk sounds of its native country. In a lot of ways, it's Scotland's answer to a pair of up-and-coming American acts: the subdudes and Bodeans. Unfortunately, on its latest effort Twisted, del Amitri cranked up the volume of its electric instruments and turned away from the folk-ish ambience of its earlier albums. The effort kicks off with Food for Songs and Start with Me, a pair of driving, intense tunes, before the collective returns to its bread-and-butter for the standout track Here and Now. Being Somebody Else draws an end to the first half of the disc with a blitzkrieg of sound fitting of a set-closer. The infectious Roll to Me follows, offering a stark contrast to the previous selection. The outing concludes with It's Never too Late to Be Alone and Driving with the Brakes On, a pair of highlights that salvage some of the weaker moments on the endeavor. Again, with their impassioned vocals and swirling organ, both of these songs fit better with del Amitri's earlier material.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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