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This is technically The Delays second full-length album, however they've recorded at least as many songs for B-sides to their singles (all of which are worthy of tracking down, I might add). Of these, Ride It On, Whenever You Fall I Die & Lost In A Melody are must-haves.
Delays records definitely have that Phil Spector-ish "wall of sound" texture--big, layered melodies that would sound lush coming from transistor AM radios. The effect is a perfect compliment to Greg Gilbert's powerful falsetto. The lyrics can be downright indecipherable at times, but you won't care cuz the melodies are so addictive.
Check out the archived live performance by the Delays from 7/28/2004 on KCRW.org.
Delays are a UK quartet, and this CD (their second) has a catchy sunny synth rock sound with tight harmonies, and lead vocalist Greg Gilbert's falsetto (think Savage Garden) towering over with ease. Sugary sweet with an edge.
It's tough for me to pick standouts from an album this good. Everything is so melodic; `Too much in your life', `You and me' (with great cutting violins), the swirling synths of `Valentine' (with great scratchy guitars set to a dance beat), `Given time', are all beautiful upbeat songs, with the lone ballad being the closing track `Waste of space', which sounds dreamy and atmospheric.
Like the title says, very colorful pop music!
Principle songwriter and vocalist Greg Gilbert makes that easy-- he can hit high notes with a tonal purity that would make Bellamy or Buckley blush, but holds enough in reserve for crunchy vocal caterwauling should the situation call for such. "You See Colours" begins with an a capella figure breaking into a synth-string-aided toe-tapper ("You & Me"), immediately followed by the "My Sharona"-ish "can't help but dance to it" groove of "Valentine."
"This Town's Religion" plays like a bizarre lovechild of REM and Joy Division, and tunes like "Lillian" are surefire subconscious classics, full of riffs and "oooh-whooo" melodies that stick to even the most non-stick cynical of minds. Sure, a few bland by-the-numbers numbers ("Winter's Memory of Summer") can bring down any record. But back them up with the pistoning "Out of Nowhere," with its eight mile high keyboard, swaggering backbeat and well-placed, muted guitar, and hardly anyone will notice.Read more ›
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After listening to Faded Seaside Glamour I had much higher expectations for this album. I guess I have to go back and give a few more listens, but I always find myself returning to... Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Fever2010
I thought the first few cuts were near the quality of Faded Seaside Glamour, but then it got too bland.Published on May 12, 2007 by Scott E. Preece
Huge letdown from FSG (which I consider a haunting and brilliant piece of work). What happened to these guys? It's like they're just going through the motions on this one. Read morePublished on January 19, 2007 by Avid Fan