Album: Delays, Everything's the Rush (Fiction)
Friday 02 May 2008
Influenced as they are by the Manic Street Preachers, it's no great surprise that Delays should err on the side of overstatement throughout this third album – though tempering their grandiose tendencies was never likely to happen with Youth as producer.
The band's already bombastic performances are further expanded with an inflated self-regard that either overwhelms or irritates, depending on one's tolerance. Applied to the overall theme of recovery and anticipation, the result is pieces such as "Pieces", a slim idea pumped beyond its due, and "Touch Down", whose chorus asks, "I'll be calling on your radio – is anybody listening?".
But any listener may find their patience tested by the band's slim portfolio of indie strategies, and incessant repetition of flimsy hooks, as if over-familiarity might somehow breed appeal rather than contempt.
Pick of the album: 'Hooray', 'One More Lie In', 'Girl's on Fire'
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Review: Cilla, ITV TV
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