Can You Do Me Good?
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|Can You Do Me Good?|
|Studio album by|
|Released||8 April 2002|
|Recorded||Glasgow; Sheffield; London; Rochester; New Jersey|
|Producer||Kevin Bacon & Jonathan Quarmby (tracks 5, 6 & 8); Pete Smith (3 & 10; 1 & 12 with additional production by Commissioner Gordon); Commissioner Gordon (all other tracks)|
|Del Amitri chronology|
The album showcased a radically different sound from which Del Amitri fans had become used to. With five years having elapsed since Some Other Sucker's Parade (1997), Can You Do Me Good? featured a new approach: drum loops, samples and synthesisers were the band's new tools. Though the songs retained their usual melodic characteristics, the overall impression was a very different one.
Guitarist and songwriter Iain Harvie admitted in the run-up to the album's release that the band's record company considered Can You Do Me Good? to be Del Amitri's last chance. "It's a pretty straightforward equation. If we don't sell 300,000 copies of the new album, we're out. It's that simple." With this in mind, many of the album's lyrics seem to convey a tone of finality; the feeling that this is a band's last stand. Song titles like "One More Last Hurrah" and "Last Cheap Shot At The Dream" contribute to this, and "Just Getting By" seems almost to lament a career spent as rock's nearly-men:
Look at me
I'm the one who got away
The one who could've shone
I tried to do my best
But I guess your best don't last for long
Look at me
Standing with my tattered pride
Of toothless little lions
We tried to make a difference
Do something no one else had tried
Even for a lyricist like Justin Currie, whose songs have often dealt with missed opportunities and failure, Can You Do Me Good? is significantly more concerned with these concepts than previous albums.
All songs written by Justin Currie except as noted.
- "Just Before You Leave" (Currie, Iain Harvie) – 5:14
- "Cash & Prizes" – 4:38
- "Drunk In A Band" – 2:44
- "One More Last Hurrah" (Currie, Harvie) – 4:52
- "Buttons On My Clothes" – 4:05
- "Baby, It's Me" – 3:34
- "Wash Her Away" (Currie, Harvie) – 3:07
- "Last Cheap Shot At The Dream" – 4:12
- "Out Falls The Past" – 3:13
- "She's Passing This Way" – 2:44
- "Jesus Saves" – 3:39
- "Just Getting By" – 7:35
- "Just Getting By" is followed by a hidden track: an instrumental excerpt from "The Septic Jubilee" (a song released as a B-side on the "Just Before You Leave" single) which lasts for roughly 2:20.
- Justin Currie – vocals, acoustic guitars, bass
- Iain Harvie – guitars, acoustic guitars, programming, backing vocals
- Kris Dollimore – guitars, acoustic guitars, backing vocals
- Andy Alston – piano, organ, synthesisers
- Mark Price – drums, drum loops
- Jamie Siegel – engineer and mixing
- Matthew Rubano – bass on "Cash & Prizes" and "Jesus Saves"
- Rudy Bird – percussion on "Just Before You Leave", "One More Last Hurrah" and "Out Falls The Past"
- Joe Tomino – drum loop on "One More Last Hurrah"
- Chris Komer – French horn on "Out Falls The Past"
- "Big Kev" – bass on "Buttons On My Clothes", "Baby, It's Me" and "Last Cheap Shot At The Dream"
- "Jonathan" – "tingly things" on "Buttons On My Clothes" and "Baby, It's Me"
- Chris Elliot – cello sample and "tromboney thing" on "Just Getting By"
- Chris Cameron – string arrangements on "Just Before You Leave" and "Just Getting By"
|Just Before You Leave
Released: 9 April 2002 (in two versions), Mercury Records
Version One (Enhanced CD):
Chart positions: # 37 (UK)
- Allmusic review
- PopMatters review
- Official Del Amitri website Archived 25 February 2005 at the Wayback Machine, which cites "Del Amitri: We Don't Even Like Ourselves" (5 April 2002), The Independent.
- * Currie, Justin (2002). In Can You Do Me Good? [CD liner notes]. London: Mercury Records.
- The track is named once as "The Buttons On My Clothes" in the CD inlay booklet, but twice as "Buttons On My Clothes".
- The track is named once as "Can't Wash Her Away" in the CD inlay booklet, but twice as "Wash Her Away".
- Presumably producer Jonathan Quarmby.