ALBUM NETTWERK RELEASE: JUNE
24, 2003 REVIEW: JULY 1, 2003
back, long time reader. Some of you might know that I’m a big Leeb
fan. No album has shaped my music listening more than Front Line Assembly’s
“Caustic Grip”, and I’ve been an avid collector since
So, why am I telling you this? Because I don’t really know what
to make of the new Delerium album. The last one, “Poem”, began
a very commercial approach to the Delerium sound, and spawned a couple
of singles. This new album takes it even further, and adds disco, lounge
music and straight out radio pop to the palette. Still a lot of electronics,
acoustic guitars and drums though.
I try to mentally separate this new material from older Delerium stuff,
the music that means so much to me. The only thing in common is the name.
And the new sound isn’t bad, just very different. Bill Leeb and
his cohorts Rhys Fulber, DJ K-Rec and Carmen Rizzo know how to work the
machinery, and to compose catchy tunes. Lots of guest vocalists add to
the picture as usual, including Leigh Nash, Kirsty Thirsk, Rani and more.
The fact that Rhys is back with Bill again has made many fans vibrate
with glee, but actually I’m not too fond of all his tracks here.
“After All” is awesome, once you get used to that crappy voice
effect, and the instrumental “Serenity” is brilliant. But
they really should stop using ancient Enigma beats. Another instrumental
called “Eternal Odyssey” is a nine minute long excursion into
Thomas Barber’s “Adagio for Strings”, and features a
piano solo. Impressive, but leaves me wanting more for some reason. It
just wanders along.
My favourites are non-Rhys tracks, namely “Just a Dream” and
“Forever After”. The first being a laidback and groovy track
with astounding chorus, and the latter is a voice-fest with Sultana, and
lifts my spirit like nothing else.
A lot of ideas are being re-used in the songs, which is sad. “Run
for It” with Leigh Nash sounds very much like a straight follow-up
to her “Innocente” from “Poem”, and the people
saying Leeb is formulaic get some points here. But the song isn’t
In conclusion, stay well clear of this album if you are expecting “Karma”.
It’s not. It is however an incredibly well produced pop album that
can be quite successful, even without hideous trance remixes. I'm a sucker
for good pop songs, which might help. Some tracks are incredibly cheesy
though, and the programming function on your CD-player comes in very handy.
A double-disc limited edition is available as well, with the infectious
track “Stopwatch Hearts”, some remixes and a couple of videos.