Delerium The Best Of
By Marcus Pan
What can I possibly write about Bill Leeb
and Rhys Fulber that hasn't alraedy been said? Even fans of industrial-only,
a'la Front Line Assembly, have still found something of interest via side
project Delerium. Delerium featured many of the best female vocalists in the
business, from Kristy Thirsk to Jacquie Hunt, Leigh Nash to Sarah McLachlan.
And while it seems like only yesterday when I was grooving to Poem(1),
it actually has been ten years and four albums now for this group
something in the range of fifty tracks in the Delerium repertoire.
Leeb is still continuing his industrial barrage for those
who are worried...Front Line Assembly's new album should have hit the streets
by the time you read this review. And while I dig FLA, there's a lot of
wonderment to be found inside the lighter, breathier and female fronted strains
of Delerium. The opening Flowers Become Screens is, for example, one of the
grooviest tracks to wind its way out of a speaker under my control. Easily one
of the best rhythm & bass tracks outlines the gorgeous voice of Kristy
The Best Of takes you on a stint through their ten
year catalog kicking off with songs from their Semantic Spaces release
of 1994. Karma from 1997 is represented with two versions of
Silence (one a new mix by Above & Beyond) and two other tracks
besides and Poem (2001), my personal favorite, as well as 2004's
Chimera(2) contribute tracks as well.
The soothing strains and smooth percussion of Paris,
one of the two new tracks on The Best Of, will take you over the ocean
for a short stop as Aude's high angelic voices lifts you to soar o'er the
Eiffel Tower. For the dance centric folks, witness the following Truly
Wise, which adds a touch of trance to The Best Of. One of my
favorites off of their Poem release, which I reviewed myself in the
past, is here Terra Firma is definitely a winner to include on
this compilation. Highly remindful of work by Perpetual Ocean(3) or Esion(4),
Terra Firma is a very trancey, meditative song with smooth funky rhythms
and Aude's sublime vocals.
Incantation is also a song that reminds me of vocal
cut-up work done by Perpetual Ocean or by ThouShaltNot(5). Burroughsian in
make-up with interesting vocal collages at times, Incantation pushes the
bar of what the duo can do with a little bit of time and some decent track
Delerium is my sweet indulgence. My sugary smooth substitute
for Leeb & Fulbers otherwise hard stomping beats from elsewhere. It's
my fat man's chocolate, my junkie's heroin...in short it's one of the sweetest
addictions I've laden my veins with in three plus decades of life.
(1) Reviewed in
(2) Reviewed in Legends #140.
(3) Perpetual Oceans release,
Houdini was reviewed in Legends
(4) Esions latest, En
Route, was reviewed in Legends
(5) ThouShaltNot has appeared in
Legends multiple times: ThouShaltNot reviewed in #102,
The Holiness of Now reviewed in
#117 and The White Beyond
reviewed in #137.
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