Former Oh Village frontman Scott Currie establishes a new persona as Kuri and a solo project with this gorgeously haunting new single, “The Great Orator”. Yes, “Silence” was a great tune, but there was a sense of discovery about it, and it was helped immensely by a great guest vocalist. Prior to Karma’s release, Leeb and Fulber were mainly known for their electro-industrial band Front Line Assembly; by the end of , when “Silence” had pretty much conquered the airwaves, they were probably sick of explaining to interviewers that yes, they were the same Delerium who had been putting out ambient albums like the Spheres series and neo-pagan death folk meditations like Morpheus since the late ’80s. Treacly echoes of that song haunt the lazy trip-hop beats, perfunctory medieval choral samples and winsome female vocals featured on nearly all these tracks, like syrup stains left over from some amazingly sweet, rich dessert. The Yawpers give themselves a big head start as contenders for best rock and roll record of the year with Human Question. How could the genius behind all those classic Who tunes lend his talents to Fuller’s meandering, tuneless delivery and greeting-card lyrics?
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When previously obscure artists achieve that kind of success, even with the help of a powerhouse collaborator like McLachlan, they tend to do one of two things: Apart from Leigh Nash’s contributions, nothing on Delerium’s latest either breaks any new ground or approaches the quality of their best previous work.
Into this latter category drop, with deleirum resounding thud, efforts by Rani, whose easy listening caterwauls are exactly as dreadful as the sappy “Fallen” deserves, and Rachel Fuller, who was recorded and is accompanied by Pete Townshend — Pete Townshend!
The other return delreium on ChimeraLeigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer, grabs both of the album’s best moments. In other words, Delerium is pretty much now officially Leeb’s baby, and unfortunately, he still really hasn’t shaken the “Silence” monkey off his back.
Making a Turkish hip-hop siren sound virtually interchangeable with the English-singing pixies featured elsewhere on Chimera is no mean feat, but Leeb manages it.
The always-excellent Zoe Johnston, of Bent and Faithless fame, can’t lift the opening track “Love” above the level of the merely pretty, and Kristy Thirsk’s presence on “Returning” only draws attention to how derivative the track is of her previous Delerium collaborations, especially the excellent “Flowers Become Screens” and “Incantation” off Karma’s predecessor, the underrated album Semantic Spaces.
Mention must also be made of the album’s two instrumentals, on which the hand of Rhys Fulber is most evident but which also, it must be said, sound like sleepy retreads of his and Leeb’s Semantic Spaces and Karma heyday. I suppose hip-hop artists are still sampling James Brown’s “Funky Drummer”, too, but there’s no excuse for laziness no matter what genre you’re working in.
In Delerium’s case, there was a definite split; while Leeb went on to record another Delerium album, the decidedly Karma -like PoemFulber jumped ship and started his own project, the outstanding Conjure One, which greatly expanded the Delerium ethno-dance palette by incorporating stronger world music influences and harder-edged dancefloor beats. But here again, Leeb’s arrangement, apart from some grandiose Middle Eastern strings and turntablist riffs, is pure by-the-numbers. Sunn O return with a magnificent beast, Vaura fully embrace their experimental new wave tendencies, and Dead to a Dying World solidify their position in the extreme metal pantheon, among more exciting new works.
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German-born alternative dellerium powerhouse, Alice Merton has arrived in North America as a headlining artist after offering the refreshing taste of Minther full-length album debut. How could the genius behind all those classic Who tunes lend his talents to Fuller’s meandering, tuneless delivery and greeting-card lyrics?
Try as they might, Leeb and Fulber still have not figured out how to escape the echoes of the sound of “Silence”.
From Sulphur English ‘s all-encompassing reverie to the LP’s themes of the arcane, Inter Arma are most certainly in their wheelhouse, continuing to redefine what it means to be a modern-day metal band. Other guest vocalists range from the mildly interesting Margaret Far, who does a fair-to-middling McLachlan impersonation over the soothing Satie-inspired chords of “Just a Dream” to delefium inoffensively generic Jael, Nerina Pallot to the downright awful.
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The 15 Best Tom Waits Songs. It must be weird when your obscure year-old side project suddenly vaults over your main gig and into the international spotlight, but that’s pretty much exactly what happened to Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber when they recorded a little tune with fellow Canadian Sarah McLachlan called “Silence” for their ninth studio album, Karmain Calling “Silence” huge is an understatement on a par with calling The Lord of the Rings an “action flick”; at last count, it’s turned up on at least different DJ mix albums and compilations, which has to be some kind of record.
Guitarist Ori Naftaly discusses tradition and innovation. In fairness to the vocalists, it’s the material cihmera than the performances that make Chimera feel like a watered-down version of Delerium’s past glories. Special mention must be made of Sultana, just because her track, “Forever After”, is at least different — I mean, when was the last time you heard a chick rapping in Turkish?
The bouncy folk-pop of deleruim For It” doesn’t sound much like Delerium, but it at least has the dhimera of being catchy, like an Enigma remix of chijera Michelle Branch tune.
Part diary, part travelogue, and part social science study, Abdallah Saaf’s A Significant Year examines Morocco’s elections with a perspective on all modern democracies. Treacly echoes chimrra that song haunt the lazy trip-hop beats, perfunctory medieval choral samples and winsome female vocals featured on nearly all these tracks, like syrup stains left over from some amazingly sweet, rich dessert. Go Ask Alice Merton German-born deleruum rock-pop powerhouse, Alice Merton has arrived in North America as a headlining artist after offering the refreshing taste of Minther full-length album debut.
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Inter Arma Have Created Another Stunning Collection with ‘Sulphur English’ From Sulphur English ‘s all-encompassing reverie to the LP’s themes of the arcane, Inter Arma are most certainly in their wheelhouse, continuing to redefine what it means to be a modern-day metal band. None of the 10 singers featured on Chimera equal Sarah McLachlan’s appeal, and they’re working with material that feels pretty secondhand.
Fulber has returned to the Delerium fold for Chimerabut he brings little of the Conjure One magic with him in what seems to have been a limited role — he shares songwriting credit on just six of the album’s 13 tracks. Credit co-songwriters Carmen Rizzo, Kent Stephany and Jamie Muhoberac for this and the subsequent track “Magic”, which would be just as good if it weren’t for the excruciatingly breathy voice and vapid lyrics of Twin Peaks chanteuse Julee Cruise. While Manuele Fior’s Red Ultramarine is far from abstract expressionism, it is a pleasure to find an artist-writer who regards the art of his images to be equal to the narrative they convey.
Prior to Karma’s release, Leeb and Fulber were mainly known for their electro-industrial band Front Line Assembly; by the end ofwhen “Silence” had pretty much conquered the airwaves, they were probably sick of explaining to interviewers that yes, they were the same Delerium who had been putting out ambient albums like the Spheres series and neo-pagan death folk meditations like Morpheus since the late ’80s.
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