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Lower Reaches [Bonus Tracks] [Digipak] *
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Album: Lower Reaches [Bonus Tracks] [Digipak] *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Falsetto
2)    Every Song's the Same
3)    Bend to My Will
4)    Priscilla
5)    I Hate Myself for Loving You
6)    On a Roll
7)    Into a Pearl
8)    On My Conscience
9)    Half of Me
10)    Little Stars
11)    Guess
12)    London Is Dead
 

Album: Lower Reaches [Bonus Tracks] [Digipak] *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Falsetto
2)    Every Song's the Same
3)    Bend to My Will
4)    Priscilla
5)    I Hate Myself for Loving You
6)    On a Roll
7)    Into a Pearl
8)    On My Conscience
9)    Half of Me
10)    Little Stars
11)    Guess
12)    London Is Dead
 
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  • Personnel: Dav?d Garza (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ, Moog synthesizer); Ricky Ray Jackson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Jesse Ebaugh (upright bass, electric bass); Josh Block (drums, tambourine).
  • Audio Mixer: Mike McCarthy .
  • Recording information: Austin, TX (10/2012).
  • Photographer: Armando Ferrari.
  • Ex-Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie dials back the jangle pop on his third solo outing, the dusty, driving, and soulful Lower Reaches. Composed in the Hebrides and recorded in Austin, Texas with the help of producer Mike McCarthy (the Hold Steady, Patty Griffin, Spoon), Currie marries the misty melancholia of his homeland and the red rock vistas of the southwest with ease, resulting in a collection of road-ready, Scots-spun Americana that feels both loose and lived in. As wry and erudite as ever, Currie can turn a phrase with the best of them, and Lower Reaches has some real dark gems like "I feel my body going south, so I take the scenery in," from the bucolic single "Bend to My Will," and "Let me show you how to write a tune/the first note should mean the world to you," from the equally pastoral "Every Song's the Same," but witty, raw, prosaic, and altogether well-written, often bleak observations about life and death and all of the petty things in-between have been his calling card since the '80s, so it should come as no surprise that he can still deal them out without the slightest twitch of the wrist. Musically, Lower Reaches spends the majority of its time in the lower gears, opting for midtempo balladry and contemplative fingerpicking over the smooth, yet propulsive folk-pop that made Currie-penned Del Amitri staples like "Roll On" and "Hatful of Rain" so immediate and engaging, but at a refined ten songs, it never drags the listener under, even as it's stealthily immersing them in darkness. ~ James Christopher Monger
Professional Reviews
Q (Magazine) (p.105) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'On A Roll' is a gorgeously gloomy rumination on how good times can turn sour..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Currie's graceful melodies and info-laden, beauty and/or bile-buoyed couplets are up to the job..."
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