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Waking Hours

Del AmitriAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 20, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GIS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Waking Hours by Del Amitri

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Start of An Obsession March 7, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Waking Hours will start for you an obsession with this band. The first run will leave you with pleasant thoughts for some catchy songs you may not have heard before ie. Kiss This Thing Goodbye and Hatful of Rain. The other songs may at first slip by your conscious thoughts but, they will remain, and GROW. The riffs to Kiss This Thing Goodbye will jangle in your head until you HAVE to play it again to find out if it really was as good as your fresh memory seems to think. The plunking piano and killer fun banjo (!) will soon have you wondering why this song isn't played on regular radio, constantly. Then you will listen to Hatful of Rain again and somehow feel the sheer musical joy you get when hearing John Cougar Mellencamp's "Cherry Bomb". Then Opposite View will begin to be noticed for it's lyrical energy perfectly describing the feelings of those warm college nights while When I Want You begins to have you humming "Yes I Will" in your head over and over with more kick each time. Then you will find yourself looking for your accoustic guitar even if you never owned one as you listen to This Side of the Morning yet AGAIN! You will marvel at how cool the lyrics "I wanted to be loved but just got laughed at instead so, if this taxi is for hire, I'll get in the back just to feel the friction of the tarmac and the tires" sounds. Then you will think of the lyric "Whole generations thinking of themselves as infidels and pop stars" and you will have to get out the booklet and read the full lyrics to Stone Cold Sober. And just who is it playing the guitars in that song??? Brooding over how much you can relate to Nothing Ever Happens will get you thinking about who exactly was Jimmy Blue? Then, it happens. You realize that you are hooked. Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best "breakup" album ever recorded! April 22, 1999
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I first heard this band listening to a free-form radio show in Philadelphia, and the DJ played the album without interruption. I was floored! The sadness, bittersweet reflections, and eventual recovery (not without cynicism) from an intense breakup have been perfectly captured here, and there are no false notes. Though not a "concept album," Waking Hours nevertheless follows the singer from accepting the relationship is doomed in the first cut ("Kiss This Thing Goodbye"), anger over his loss and the world in general ("Stone Cold Sober" and "You're Gone"), to thoughts of revenge ("When I Want You"), lament ("This Side of the Morning" and "Empty"), to eventual acceptance with a dose of cynicism and 'to hell with you' declarations in "Hatful of Rain." I really rooted for this guy to pull through by the end of the album. The album's last cut, "Nothing Ever Happens" is a scathing indictment of Glasgow life from our love-hardened protagonist. I had the pleasure to see this band live and meet them after the show. I told singer/bassist/band leader Justin Currie that Waking Hours helped me get over a bad relationship. He looked at me with a a small smile and said, "Me too."Waking Hours is simply terrific!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cynical Idealists October 12, 2000
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The thing I particularly like about Del Amitri is that they always strive for timelessness. While other groups ride waves and trends and finally get washed up somewhere along the shore, Del Amitri go about their musicial craft with quiet dedication and a confidence born of survival. These songs will never age.
Waking Hours from 1989 is one of their best albums. Already the songwriting is mature, the muscianship accomplished. For those who haven't heard them, they play basic Pop Rock with touches of Blues, Soul, and Country, but they're not just covering the bases. All these influences work to their best, creating the right atmosphere for the burden of each song, helping to change the mood from ironic cheerfulness (Kiss This Thing Goodbye) to sombre nihilism (Empty) back to defiant optimism (Hatful of Rain).
The lyrics are good enough to read on their own. They write songs about relationships failing, love becoming meaningless, and people repeating the same mistakes again, underlying these themes with a kind of cynical idealism that is faithful to experience while at the same time rejecting it in favour of an irrational inner optimism. It is this which sends us out to fight or to love again and again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaded Sarcasm November 8, 1999
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I bought this originally because of the song "Kiss This Thing Goodbye" (I loved the banjo added, the happy-go-lucky melody proves sarcasm against a dying relationship). But I enjoyed a lot of the other tracks like the sardonically melancholly "This Side of the Moment", the disgruntled "Opposite View", the down-in-the-dumps "You're Gone", the desperate "Stone Cold Sober", the kiss-off "Hatful of Rain", the sarcastic advice-giving "Move Away Jimmy Blue", the bittersweet "When I Want You", and the painfully introspective "Nothing Ever Happens". "Empty" is probably the most biting song on here. A reviewer had said this album spoke to them in the midst of broken relationships (and supposedly these songs written by Justin Currie after a share of his own broken relationships). It spoke to me, too. However, I can't listen too much anymore, since I'm currently in a happy relationship (but it still brings back memories which I can now laugh about!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars “...Sweet Memory In Your Mind...” - Waking Hours by DEL AMITRI
Hailing out of Scotland as a sort of Soulful yet Indie version of the Faces - like so many I never noticed del Amitri’s self-titled debut album on Chrysalis which came and went in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a question
I've been a fan since the first time I heard Kiss This Thing Goodbye on the radio way back in 1990 and I really regret not being in town for the only chance I ever had to see them... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Daddyguy
5.0 out of 5 stars del Amitri
These guys are the best Pop Rock band since the Beatles. Justin Currie's tunes and voice are the greatest. Try it if you enjoy pop rock.

Published on April 21, 2011 by KCradionut
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept Me Up ALL Night Long
Simply stated: This is a great album. From start to finish, no weak songs, lots of thoughtful lyrics about pain and hearbreak (not to mention drinking), and so toe-tappers to... Read more
Published on February 5, 2002 by Hoppy Doppelrocket
4.0 out of 5 stars Currie shines
Justin Currie's song writing really shines on this album. After a lack-luster major label debut, "Waking Hours" is a pop-bomb. Read more
Published on July 6, 2000 by "saltylizard"
5.0 out of 5 stars input
Hello, everybody, Dels are probably the most fresh, non-commercial and honest stars in Scotland, but they belong to the whole world. Read more
Published on March 22, 2000 by yura
5.0 out of 5 stars The Album that Started it All for Me!
I first bought Waking Hours after hearing the song Kiss this Thing Goodbye. I was in a classic rock phase. I thought the song sounded a little like Creedence. Read more
Published on February 25, 2000 by Crossfit Len
4.0 out of 5 stars "time please" you know we can't serve any more...
Well the song Nothing Ever Happens is worth all four of the stars I have given this album.The rest of the songs are definitely worth listening to, but Nothing Ever Happens will... Read more
Published on October 27, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars "STILL THE BEST ALBUM", EVEN AFTER 10 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!
A friend in collage introduced this CD to me during my freshmen year.Kiss This Thing Goodbye was being played on our local collage radio station. Read more
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