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|1. Of The Young|
|4. Freedom Found|
|6. Tears Before Bedtime|
|7. The Sun Also Rises|
|9. Don't Let The Dreamers Take You Away|
It’s curious, then, that Delphic didn’t scoop more plaudits for bucking the trend with their 2010 debut Acolyte: hyped to the heavens when still in their infancy, and yet oddly overlooked when they came good with the spoils.
For all the musical heritage of their Manchester hometown, comparisons to the past seemed to hinder rather than help. Even though their sound paid debt toThe Chemical Brothers and Orbital, among others, the “knock-off New Order” catcall never seemed far away.
Delphic don’t sound like New Order any more, though – and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Instead, too often on second album Collections they seem a facsimile of disparate bands, genres and style.
Throughout, there’s a nagging suspicion that the past three years have been spent assembling a sonic patchwork of ill-fitting hand-me-downs, rather than weaving their own, better-suited garments.
So, while Of the Young is a fine, strutting stomp with its blood and thunder percussion and a skyscraper-sized chorus, first single Baiya is an unsuccessful marriage of schlocky RnB and sub-Friendly Fires dance-pop.
There’s something unsettling, too, about its would-be-sexy refrain of “Feel you breathing down my neck/ Tenderness is the only weapon left.”
The bombastic throb of The Sun Also Rises comes off as a limp halfway point between MGMT and Passion Pit, while Atlas is a six-minute slumber that only jolts into life courtesy of its flirtation with anaemic dubstep breakdowns.
Freedom Found, meanwhile, fancies itself as a sultry slow-jam but is more suited to post-passion awkwardness than steamy encounters.
Ben Allen and Tim Goldsworthy’s production is spick and span throughout. They add satisfying sheen to the likes of Don’t Let the Dreamers Take You Away, and the glitchy voicemail samples of Tears Before Bedtime show, if nothing else, a stab at innovation.
But on the whole, Collections is a misfire and proof that, sometimes, re-inventing the wheel doesn’t always reap rewards – especially if you were already journeying more gracefully from A-to-B than most of your contemporaries.
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I played it but it failed to hold my attention unlike Acolyte which is much more original in its sound. Collections feels relatively pedestrian.Published 6 months ago by Malcolm Tierney
I was really looking forward to this album i thought their first one was brilliant. But this doesnt come close to the first really disappointed. Read morePublished 16 months ago by rebecca keatley
There's a few stand out tracks and the fact they've tried some new things are to be commended. However, I don't think it's an album I'll keep wanting to revisitPublished 22 months ago by Nick Bennett
Could not disagree more with the majority of other reviewers on this page and disappointed that so many people will be swayed by the negativity and dismiss Delphic's second album... Read morePublished on 4 May 2013 by Fantasy Lore
As much as I don't want to, I have to agree with the haters on this one.
Acolyte was a fantastic album and put Delphic straight on the map, but 'Collections' has gone... Read more
Delphic are one of those often frustrating bands with an excellent, bold live sound but whose albums often don't match that same level of volume or intensity. Read morePublished on 22 April 2013 by Monster Zero
Bought this as I was going to see them in concert and wanted to be familiar with the latest tunes. Not as instantly catchy as Acolyte but the tracks grow on you.Published on 9 April 2013 by Lady18yarder
Oops! its that difficult 2nd album. And the 1st was hard to follow. So what do you do? Something different, that's what. Read morePublished on 3 April 2013 by Hawkeye
Like most people who bought this album, I have listened to Acolyte so many times over the last few years, was lucky enough to see them live in Bristol last year and was seriously... Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2013 by Jonah the whale