Infected Mushroom have been heading in this direction for some time, but have become stuck half way. Thus about a third of the record, the instrumental trance part, sounds pretty good, while the remaining part gets progressively worse with every flamenco or heavy metal guitar, rapper and embarrassing line of lyrics added to the mix. Some tracks, like "Special Place", hover indecisively between club sounds and rock band ambitions. The title track is the definite highlight here, an extatic piece of intensifying beat bliss.
The mass of influences used on "Vicious Delicious" does not work to its advantage. The impression is that a number of different people are responsible for the songs, and that nothing really ties them together. On the whole, singing and guitars sit very awkwardly in the music of Infected Mushroom. I realize that they are trying to widen their horizons beyond trance, but it is hard to see how they are going to manage that without losing all their strengths. The crisp, escalating rhythms of "Eat It Raw" remain so much more enticing than the primitive choruses and dry vocals of "Change the Formality".