CD Daylight Sony Music, 518915 9, 2004 14 Track
, Australian uber
-babe and Kylie-esque actress-come-pop starlet has overcome ill health and produced, in Out of the Blue
a broader, more mature second album. Like her debut, it consists of piano-driven pop numbers and her own tanned, spindly fingers dancing playfully up the octaves. The songs are aided by an entire legion of pop's finest scribes Cathy Dennis (Kylie), Guy Chambers (Robbie) and even Gary Barlow (err, Take That) on "A Little Too Late."
The results are solid, if surprisingly unremarkable for the talent at work. Hooklines and melodies are mostly present and correct particularly in standout "Mistaken Identity", which sees Delta echoing both Alanis Morissette and the ghostly spectre of Kate Bush (a frightening, if enjoyable, combination) and the jolly "Sanctuary." "The Analyst" is lyrically dense and "Almost Here", her duet with Brian McFadden is revealing. "Be Strong" and the stripped "Fragile" touch the surface of personal struggle adding to the redemptive feel of the album as a whole. --Ben Johncock