Album Review : Amelia Curran – They Promised You Mercy



Amelia Curran has just completed a successful tour of the UK, to chime with the album release of They Promised You Mercy on Blue Rose/Six Shooter Records, released on 26th January.

Canadian singer-songwriter Curran certainly delivers the goods; this is the first album I’ve heard of hers since the excellent, Juno Award winning Hunter, Hunter (2009), with track two on this new album, Coming For You, echoing some of that ache, in particular my personal favourite: Hands On A Grain Of Sand.

However, this record is the follow-up to 2012’s Spectators. The first three cuts are very strong and each stand on their own merits. Somebody Somewhere, the opener, is crisp as snow, and I Am The Night is wonderfully dark.

Suggest Never Say Goodbye, might have been sequenced at the end of the eleven compositions (instead of No.4) , if only for irony and therefore giving a rousing send off. Time, Time is bittersweet, in a Cat Stevens strumming style, and of course Song On The Radio will be played on the radio – good beat and neat lyrics.
The Reverie is ok, although I feel this understated melody could be a grower. The Matador is quite magnificent and splendidly confident! Fables & Troubles is folksy and lost in the clouds, whilst Strike The Band is another grower, oh so quiet.
You’ve Changed rounds off this intelligent album of art. Although very much about the music, Amelia nonchalantly poses for the camera on the inside sleeve. She and her voice are beautiful. Amelia Curran deserves much wider recognition and acclaim, certainly here in the UK.

Mark Watkins


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