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  • Audio CD (May 18, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B00020U5UI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wanderlust
2. Nearer Than Heaven
3. Long Time Coming
4. Bedroom Scene
5. No Ending
6. You Wear The Sun
7. Hey Girl
8. Stay Where You Are
9. There's Water Here
10. Satellites Lost
11. One Night Away
12. On

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The Delays ~ Faded Seaside Glamour

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Delays singer-guitarist Greg Gilbert has such an incredible voice that he might be the only man in rock who has drawn comparisons to both Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks and the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser. That's just the first sign that this English band is not just another standard-issue moody Coldplay knockoff. Instead, the music on its debut album conjures the blissed-out guitar-and-grooves sound of classic English groups like the Stone Roses and the La's, with each of the three opening songs delivering devastating knockouts. The rest of the disc doesn't easily repeat the feat but the band's exuberant spirit easily carries through. -- Aidin Vaziri

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This is your typical great song if it were on a typical album.
Mark Freedman
I chalk it up to being really bored with the endless stream of "new sound" bands that sounded just like everything else.
J. GIULIANO
Singer/guitarist Greg Gilbert has a very feminine sounding voice--he sounds like Stevie Nicks with a sore throat.
woburnmusicfan

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mark Freedman on August 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
One of those rare debuts that you'll probably remember for the rest of your life. I was absolutely shocked when I found out they were all male. But after watching a video of their's, it definitely fits.

Wanderlust (10) - The intro is a surprise, and then they hit you with those Cockteau Twin wails. Incredibly beautiful. Dreamy. Spacy. Angelic. Everything I ever wanted from music.

Nearer Than Heaven (10) - Can it get any better? Absolutely. My second favorite from the album. These harmonies send shivers. I'm now addicted. But wait, there's more...

Long Time Coming (10) - Favorite from the album, and maybe song of the year. Not only are they off to an amazing vocal start, you also begin to realize what great musicians they are. Man, I can't wait to see these guys live. You know what? This may be the best first-three-song combo on an album since The Joshua Tree. I am dead serious. Ok, 25% through the album, and so far, so perfect.

Bedroom Scene (8) - I first felt that this song started a stretch of several ho-hum songs. I underrated it. I really like it now. They continue to amaze.

No Ending (6) - Well, they lose me a little here. Not a bad song, but I see myself skipping this. Drop the lowest grade, class.

You Wear The Sun (7) - It has its moments...but...I call this the "slow" part of the album now... With a few more listens, I expect both this and "No Ending" to grow on me. This one is starting to.

Hey Girl (9) - This is the comeback song. This is so 60's to early 70's. It is so AM. I love it! I can't believe what memorable tunes these are. The perfect melodies.

Stay Where You Are (9) - The intro is a bit out of left field here. But it makes sense once it gets going.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wickerlove on July 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The immediate thing I thought when I heard 'Faded Seaside Glamour', 4AD label, circa early 90's. Here's a band to namedrop, anyone remember Spirea X? Anyways enough of the nostalgia. Occasionally an old sound will resonate with a new audience, and The Delays seem to capture this. The CD falls in the hazy area between atmospheric dream-pop and Byrds-tinged Britpop...Cocteau Twins meets Suede, which in fact describes The Sundays, but in this case can also describe The Delays. Very similar in sound, ethereal, washes of echoing guitars, accompanied by high-pitched pixie-like vocals. The exquisitely high voice of Greg Gilbert (yes they are male) is the centrepiece of the album, straddling between Elizabeth Fraser and The Bangles-type melodies. Although not lost in this swirly haze are flashes of mid 90's Britpop swagger, upbeat and optimistic, I don't why but The Trash Can Sinatras suddenly came to mind. Upon conclusion the last third of the album switches into a more melancholic mood, drifting into Mazzy Star territory. 'Faded Seaside Glamour' might be the quick fix needed for a UK music scene that's eternally searching for something different, and worth a listen if you're searching for the same thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WrtnWrd on June 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Faded Seaside Glamour is the perfect title for this debut from England's Delays. This Southampton quartet - brothers Greg (vocals/guitars) and Aaron Gilbert (keyboards), and brothers Colin (bass), and Rowley Fox (drums) - sound like the waning days of summer in a beachside community. Songs are dreamy, languorous, joyful and relaxed, born along by Greg Gilbert's mesmerizing falsetto. "Nearer Than Heaven" is an immaculate summer pop song - up there with the Beach Boys - and the rest are evocations of new love, fading love, love ending, and love beginning again. There are hints of the real world encroaching here, but, hey, it's summertime, and the living is easy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Wilson on October 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Delays... yet another band with "the" in the title. That instantly put me off, but when I read a glowing review of one of their live shows on XFM, I decided to check them out. I was more than pleasantly surprised at what I found.

Now a few other reviewers have mentioned that the first 3 songs on the album kinda overshadow everything else. This is completely true. "Wanderlust", "Nearer than Heaven", and "Long Time Coming" are so good that they overpower nearly everything else, only "Hey Girl" (which is my 2nd fave track next to "Long Time Coming") stands a fighting chance against these songs. I don't think the rest of the songs are bad, in fact "Bedroom Scene" and "No Ending" have been growing on me, but you can't deny the power of the aforementioned mighty 4 tracks. "Long Time Coming" is one of the best songs I've heard in YEARS, the siren-like samples, the neverending vocal hooks, and the openly interperetable lyrics make this probably THE most amazing song you'll hear this year. And "Hey Girl" comes pretty close to acheiving the former's majesty, with endless vocal hooks and tons of jangle, The Byrds WISHED they had sounded this good =) I can't wait for these guys to come out with a 2nd album, if they can live up to their potential they can definitely make a truly classic album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Holmes on September 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
i am so tempted to give this record 5 stars, but i'll have to settle with four (for now). when i first heard this album, it did not grab me at all. it just went over my head. i'm not sure why. the songs are great, the singer has a very very distinct and beautiful voice, and the instrumentation is lush and creative...maybe almost too creative for it's own good at times. there are pop hooks a'plenty on this album...but they are cleverly buried amongst the layers of chiming bells, haunting keyboards, and heavenly vocals. sometimes the production doesn't allow the sharp beauty of these elements to properly stand out at first; but i can guarentee with repeated exposure, you'll find yourself listening closer with each spin. "Hey Girl" is probably the standout single on here (due to it's masterful simplicity), but "You Wear The Sun" and "Bedroom Scene" are much more challenging songs and the better for it. the Delays are like the Byrds crossed with the Cocteau Twins. harmonies of heavenly angels and etheral rock that is really like none other. certainly worth investigation.
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