Reports have said that “Nuages Du Monde” (“Clouds of the World”) is a return to the older sound of Delerium, a bit like the masterpiece “Karma”. This is true to a certain extent, but we still get pop songs, albeit slightly more sophisticated.
Bill Leeb is once again joined by Rhys Fulber, as well as the usual array of female singers, this time Kirsty Hawkshaw, Kristy Thirsk, Jaël, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Zoé Johnston and Medieval Baebes. Indian punjabi singer Kiran Ahluwalia gives an eastern feeling to the fourth track “Indoctrination”; a brash, upbeat number that puts a smile on my face.
In fact, it’s on this track the album starts for me, as the first three songs are a bit more so-so. From here on out, it’s smooth sailing though, and I think this is better than both “Poem” and “Chimera”. I’m a bigger fan of the instrumentals, so I would have preferred that they didn’t bring in umpteen singers, but that said, I really like the pop gem “Lost and Found” with Jaël. Might be a good choice for a single, actually.
With all the combined talent on “Nuages Du Monde”, it’s not surprising that the production values are immaculate. Warm, precise, and detailed, although some sample re-use can be spotted here and there.
I’m glad that this album is so good, because as you might already know, I’m not the biggest fan of Leeb’s latest Front Line Assembly outing. We’re truly spoiled with two big releases from him this year though, and this one is my favourite.
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