Music / Album Reviews

By Andrew BeDell Michael Renner Michael Kuelker | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), August 7, 1997 | Go to article overview

Music / Album Reviews


Andrew BeDell Michael Renner Michael Kuelker, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Some Other Sucker's Parade

Del Amitri (A&M)

"Listen, Mother, it's another good band. You'll really like them. They sound like the Byrds, no, more like Elvis Costel lo, no ... no ... more like Steppenwolf ... no, they really sound like Cream."

It's true. Del Amitri is good. So why hasn't it made it BIG, even after several albums, a couple of hits, and a decent amount of radio play?

It may be simply that Del Amitri's songs don't all sound the same.

Line up a cross-section of some of the more popular bands: Collective Soul, Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews Band, Hootie and the Blowfish, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Counting Crows. Personal taste aside, each proffers a certain sound or feel, be it the empty-headed melodies of Hootie or the hilarious devilish hokum of Marilyn Manson.

Del Amitri's new record is pure pop, with a welcome range of tunes from the Byrds-like opening cut, "Not Where It's At" to balladry worthy of Rod Stewart/Faces on the title cut, "Some Other Sucker's Parade."

Justin Currie, the band's chief songwriter and bassist, and Iain Harvie, the guitarist, are both from Scotland. And Currie in part credits the band's eclecticism to his and Harvie's fascination with a romantic ideal of American music. The tunes range wildly from the pop of "Won't Make It Better," to the boogie of "Fun ny Way to Win" to the country-tinged "Lucky Guy." Currie's forte is his ability to write about the down side of life with humor and candor, a la Nick Lowe or even Elvis Costello.

"Some Other Sucker's Par a de" is certainly not a great album. It's true, you can pick out the cliched lyrics and second-hand riffs, but Del Amitri is a likable band. Be satisfied with good chops and a fine sense of when a song should be just a song.

-- Andrew BeDell

Hear it at 7047

Manhattan Morning

Leonard Hochman (Jazzheads Records)

You've never heard of Leonard Hochman, and that's a shame. His second redoubtable recording is a gem, featuring a tight ensemble con sisting of pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Victor Lewis, bassist (and the CD's producer) Harvie Swartz and vibraphonist Joe Locke. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Music / Album Reviews
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.