Released: May 28, 2021
Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU
Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)
Genre: adult alternative rock
Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.
Total Running Time: 45:52
3.683 out of 5.00 (average of 4 ratings)
About the Album:
Fatal Mistakes is the seventh album from Scottish rock band Del Amitri. Their previous studio album, Can You Do Me Good?, was released 19 years earlier. In the interim, lead singer Justin Currie released four solo albums and an album with Uncle Devil Show. Reunion tours in 2014 and 2018 sparked the idea of recording together again.
Work was completed on the album before the UK-wide Covid 19 lockdown in March 2020. Justin Currie, the band’s lead singer and bassist, said the songs were recorded over three weeks “in a stately home in deepest England.” CR he called it “a collection of bizarre tales of poisoning, pleading, and bitter acceptance, powered by guitars, drums, and keyboards.” CR
In the UK, the band had five top-10 albums. They didn’t find the same level of success in the United States, but they did have a top-10 hit with 1995’s “Roll to Me” and have sold six million albums in their career. AS With such a long layoff since their last album, the band “recognizes the difficulty of maintaining a certain standard but…[are] determined to reach new goals.” AS They had “to create songs that match the rousing, resonant melodies of their earlier efforts…Happily they rise to the challenge.” AS
The first single, “the state-of-the-nation lament Close Your Eyes and Think of England,” CR was released in November 2020. It showcases what the band “do best: melodic rock songs with lyrical bite, soulful comfort and heart-swelling uplift.” CR Currie called it the band’s “European vacation, a ballad of pure bile and remorse, sweetened by a sledgehammer of sarcasm.” CR
The opening track, You Can’t Go Back, “is the most impressive of all, an assertive launching pad that paves the way for the driving, determined offerings that follow.” AS
“I’m So Scared of Dying may boast an emphatic edge, but it hints at a fear and a vulnerability that are impossible to ignore.” AS The “skeletal, aching” Lonely…echoes with emptiness and is flecked with CSNY-style harmonies.” CR “The solemn Second Staircase comes across as a brooding ballad that caps the earlier momentum.” AS It’s Feelings builds on a “towering hook” CR and “Currie’s soulful rasp.” CR
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First posted 5/28/2021.