Picks and Pans Review: Some Other Sucker's Parade

updated 08/25/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/25/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Del Amitri

If the music on this CD were any bubblier, it would have to be bottled with a cork. Del Amitri has always had a gift for irresistible pop, but on its fifth album, the Scottish quintet has really produced something special. By far the band's best effort, Some Other Sucker's Parade is chock-full of the sort of catchy, mid-tempo rock that rattles around in your head for days. There's an undercurrent of garage-band edginess in a few songs that helps give just a little more kick to the happy, soothing melodies that pervade the album. Amazingly, nearly every one of the 14 tracks sounds like a potential hit single, with the leading contenders being the bouncy title track and the more laid-back, contemplative "Not Where It's At." Similar guitar-oriented pop bands like the Gin Blossoms have had their time at the top. With Some Other Sucker's Parade, it's Del Amitri's turn to explode. (A&M)

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