Rhys Fulber – busiest man in showbiz – has taken the time to finish his second solo album, while working on a new Delerium and having a new Front Line Assembly album in the pipeline as well. Unfortunately, the rumours that the material was a bit darker than the last Conjure One album, turned out to be false. He says that the darker songs were left for possible use in another project.
What we have left is smooth electronic and ethereal pop that you should recognise if you have heard the latest Delerium output. Rhys seems to have a more organic feel to his songs though, and you can’t criticise his song writing abilities.
The pop songs are really good this time around, and have lots of interesting musical details that keep popping up in the background, drawing you in. This album also shows Rhys' singing debut, performing on the The Buzzcocks' cover “I Believe”, and he does a great job I must say. It’s one of my favourites actually, especially when the vocoders come rushing in. Yup, you know me… Another fav is “Pilgrimage”, an instrumental with a superb piano melody and later on, when that special “rolling drum fill” effect comes in, I’m melting.
You could say that this album is just more of the same thing and for the most part you would be right, as some of it sound very Delerium-esque. But I feel that Rhys pushes beyond that at times, with a more live, epic and natural feeling to the music, that I enjoy. And who am I to complain when someone makes great pop music in this age of trite hip hop and r’n’b?