Picks and Pans Review: Twisted

updated 03/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Del Amitri

Now that Counting Crows and Gin Blossoms have made the pop charts safer for tortured roots rockers, Scotland's Del Amitri might finally have their chance. And boy, do they deserve it. While the Crows and their kind revel in fashionable angst, this lesser-known band's take on heartache has always sounded authentic and impressively clever. (For example: when a bereft lover on 1989's Waking Hours consoled himself by rationalizing, "At least a house when it's empty stays clean.") On their fourth album, the Scottish foursome sticks close to its established combo of no-frills heartland rock ("Start With Me," "Roll to Me") and sad, sweeping ballads for beautiful losers ("Here and Now," "Crashing Down"). Although Del Amitri's low-key approach occasionally threatens to turn Twisted into aural wallpaper, it mostly (and especially on the delicate, acoustic "Tell Her This") casts a lovely, elegiac spell. (A&M)

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