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It says something about the melodic powers of the Delgados when coming from the same geographic region as Belle & Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub, they can still melt hearts with their chiming guitars and bright choruses. After two albums of lavish orchestrations made with Flaming Lips producer David Fridmann, the Scottish group takes a more primal approach with its fifth--stripping back the strings and reinforcing the choruses. It takes a while to get under your skin, but with songs like "Everybody Come Down" and "Girls of Valour" channeling both the Pixies and XTC at once, it's an investment that ultimately pays off. --Aidin Vaziri
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 8, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: March 8, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chemikal Underground
  • ASIN: B0002ZDW30
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By music fan on November 13, 2004
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I really like the Delgados, but initially, I didn't like Universal Audio. It sounded bare compared to their traditional sound, and the songs were more sugary than I expected. After repeated listening, however, the album grew on me. The melodies sound more basic but there is a great deal of subtlety in the songs. The strings are gone, but the Delgados texture their songs brilliantly even without them. I especially like what they did with the vocals.

There is great variety in this album and all of the songs are great. Although I love the moody feel of Albums like Hate and Great Eastern and the great melodies of Peloton, Universal Audio is the best collection of Delgados songs thus far.
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The Delgados are one of the best bands and every record is a treat. They have been together for ten years and are seen in the UK as a group like The Flaming Lips or REM. Also they started their own label and have championed bands like Arab Strap, Interpol, Mogwai, and Sluts of Trust. They have created a musical movement. They started out as a curiosity and then they released The Great Eastern, which was a breakout album, very much like The Soft Bulletin was for The Flaming Lips. Hate was even a better more ambitious album. Universal Audio is their firth album. It is stripped down sound. "I Fought The Angels" is their classical sound without the extras. Hate was a very depressing album. The new one is very up and uplifting. It is a great achievement. This is one of the great albums of the year.
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Universal Audio is their masterpiece. I've been a fan since Peleton and have all their albums, so I think I have a bit of perspective. Oddly enough, even though the sound is stripped down from Hate, there so much happening sonically in each song that I unearth new sounds every time I listen. Universal Audio is so good that I can't listen to anything else. It truly bears repeated listening. Album of the year, definitely. Do yourself a favor and get this immediately. Highlights: The City Consumes Us, Sink or Swim, Bits of Bone, Girls of Valour, Keep on Breathing, Now and Forever, Come Undone. It's all good. I get chills when I listen to it.
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The fact that this is a wonderful album came as no surprise, and it will come of no surprise to anyone who likes this band. Songs like "everybody come down" sound like the best music that could have been written by a joint combo of the breeders , pixies and teenage fanclub and it is immediately infectious. There are other more broody numbers such as "i fought the angels" and "the city consumes us" but all have a sweet melodious undertone that is the hallmark of the music produced by this band.
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By Alf0d on December 3, 2004
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Ever since I heard Everything Goes Around the Water on a freebie cd from Select Magazine (RIP) i've been a massive fan of this truly indie Scottish group (they run the Chemikal Underground label). Pixies-esque on their first LP, Domestiques they've embraced many musical styles over the span of their excellent five albums (this is the fifth).

The fourth, Hate, saw them immerse themselves in epic orchestrations but, while final track Now and Forever harks back to Hate, this is by and large The Delgados at their most poppy and upbeat. Fellow Scots Belle & Sebastian had a similar Eighties-esque makeover on their last album with equally impressive results. Surely fellow vanguards of the "new Scottish gentry" Franz Ferdinand sang about on their debut, it's about time this group got the acclaim and sales they deserve.

This is the kind of album the phrase "all killers no fillers" was made for, but if I had to pick an absolute favourite track it'd be Everybody Come Down. Fan. Tas. Tic.
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