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King of Fools

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King Of Fools

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In addition to its message of all-out, headlong surrender to the Gospel, Delirious's first widely accessible album also has just plain old good music. Often described as the "new U2," Delirious's resemblance is not hard to detect. Martin Smith's vocals, like Bono's, are far ranging and have a captivating, heart-wrenching emotionalism. The band as a whole has a kind of reckless innovation that consistently surges into stunning new territory. On King of Fools, for instance, the presence of a violin, a choir, and a Rickenbacker in one song is not an unusual combination, and the use of every kind of guitar in existence seems to be their specialty. Anyone would agree that Delirious is casting a mold of their own. Their hunger for God is strenuous and explores the depths of all struggles: the longing for more of Him and developing the patience to wait, the struggle for belief when "blood rolls down upon our land" and when love spills "down that wooden cross" ("White Ribbon Day"), and the struggle when the gifts He brings "rob [our] innocence" ("King or Cripple"). In every song, the tension eventually culminates in a contemplation of the Cross--as when in "All the Way" Smith erupts, "with you I'm washed as white as the snow and all crimson stain becomes as a shadow"--and the effect is only more stirring. Never has an album had so much rock and so much passion; listen and you'll be hungry for more. --Courtenay Kehn

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sanctify
  2. Deeper
  3. Revival Town
  4. All The Way
  5. August 30th
  6. Promise
  7. King Or Cripple
  8. Hands Of Kindness
  9. Louder Than The Radio
  10. White Ribbon Day
  11. King Of Fools
  12. History Maker
  13. What A Friend I've Found


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 19, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Furious? Records
  • ASIN: B000006R8P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on February 19, 2000
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Where do you begin when you have such a wonderful album? Sanctify-WOW! that song gets to my heart every time. Deeper-their pop hit has such a true chorus. (And the wonder of it all is that I'm living just to fall more in love with you.) Revival Town-To put this song out as a single was possibly a risky move because the lyrics are so unabashadly christian but I think thats what makes the song great. All the way and August 30-beautiful worship pieces.Promise-Pure Rock(A Preview of whats to come on Mezzamorphis). King or Cripple- this song starts our like it might be a ballad but the the chorus jumps out and bites you. Its one of my favs.Hands of Kindness, Louder than the radio, and What a friend I've found are reminisent of Cutting Edge. Where White Ribbon Day, King of Fools and History Maker are all anthums for my generation. This album is one of the best christian or secular ones out there. It has beautiful production and displays many different instruments played to their fullest range.
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I became a Christian because of music. The people who showed love to me helped, but it was the music, all-encompassing and powerful that made me feel like something important existed beyond myself. Delirious's music was a big part of that.
King of Fools is centered around the complementary themes of doubt and faith, questioning God and redemption. One of the reasons I love this band so much is the fact that they aren't always "happy-clappy" like so many other other worship bands. Their songs are sincere, thoughtful, intelligent, and most of all, powerful. They address issues that anyone with a complex faith has struggled with, and found their faith stronger because of it.
For example, take their single, Deeper, one of my favorite worship songs, and one of the first I learned. It's alternatively questioning, enthusiastic, humble and completely in love with God. From the honesty of "I want to be meeker/But have you seen this old earth? and "I want to go deeper/But is it just a stupid whim?" to "And the wonder of it all is that I'm living just to fall/More in love with you," this song encompasses so many of the emotions inherent in the contemplative Christian life. (Or at least in mine.) Plus, it rocks. Likewise, "White Ribbon Day" expresses many of the same fears, and is particuarly relevant today (although it was released in 1998). I certainly couldn't help but think of Bush's lack of doubt about God's support for the War in Iraq listening to the lyrics "How can it be that God is love?/When blood rolls down upon our land." In all, the song is an insistant call for peace and love, following Jesus's message of loving one's neighbor.
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This was the first Christian CD I ever bought that I wasn't afraid to role down the window in my car and crank up the volume.
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Although a couple of years old now, this is my first choice to shove onto the CD every time. Quite simply a brilliant album. White Ribbon day is my no1 choice off the album which has a wide range of style from the very heavy rock of promise through the exquisite worship song what a friend i've found. Theres a lot of variety within the album which makes it a very enjoyable listen. If Delerious? were a purely secular band they could be amoung the greats. Because they are unashamedly Christians the media in the UK at least ignores them. Do yourself a favour, don't you ignore them, this album is quite simply Brilliant.
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By A Customer on August 28, 1999
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Well in their first formal release as Delirious and not the Cutting Edge tapes Martin Smith and the boys don't dissapoint. The entire album is soaked with passion and fire for God. Their lyrics are almost set apart from modern christian music. Delirious manages to blend with bluntness and tenderness, something that a band like DC talk is almost incapable of, throughout an entire album. A few of the stand out songs are "Deeper" and Revivaltown" which both contain catchy baselines and a simple chorus. "History Maker" is somewhat of a modern anthem to christians who want to see the world won. Finally "What a Friend I've found contains the same passion and yearning as "Obsession" on the final cutting edge track. All in All an excellent album
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It's hard to leave this CD behind at home when it's time to go to work.
They might have a U2 influence, but the absolute strength of the CD is the range that the songs hit from peak to peak. This is not a band that "everything sounds the same" or has a single, you buy the disc and the rest of the tracks are mish mash. Simply put, I've worn grooves in the disc. Everyone has favorite songs, but the beauty of Delirious is listening to them from the opening to ending songs in a single sitting. This is not background music, this is music for your soul.
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After becoming a Christian around mid 2000 it didn't take me long to discover the world of Christian music. I had heard the odd song by Delirious from listening to friends' CDs. After finding out that the song History Maker, which was sung at our church, was sung by Delirious, I went on a hunt for the album.
I bought the album solely for that song, but soon found others that I very much enjoyed like "Deeper", "Revival Town", "August 30th", "White Ribbon Day" and "What a Friend I've Found".
Delirious brings a wide spectrum of paise and worship music from the upbeat "Deeper", "History Maker" etc.. to quieter and slower songs such as "August 30th". Each has their own special qualities and are brilliantly produced.
So I encourage you to have a listen to this album, also get your church worship team to listen too if they haven't already. The music is crisp and original and the lead singer, Martin Smith is a extremely God gifted singer and songwriter. Delirious is certainly at the world forefront of modern Christian music.
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