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Peloton

Delgados Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chemikal Underground Records
  • ASIN: B000024ZS4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everything Goes Around The Water
2. The Arcane Model
3. The Actress
4. Clarinet
5. Pull The Wires From The Wall
6. Repeat Failure
7. And So The Talking Stopped
8. Don't Stop (Original Mix)
9. Blackpool
10. Russian Orthodox
11. The Weaker Argument Defeats The Stronger

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it really is bloody marvelous. nuff said. 11 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Delgados seem to have a thing about openings; namely, the first five or ten seconds of their albums tend to not be very good. The rest, however is. Very good, that is.
This was their second album, and despite the band having since said that they didn't put all their energy into their earlier records, it really is bloody marvelous. It does the quiet, lo-fi folky thing, then it does the heavy indie rock thing, then it does things which don't fit into any categories; take the killer couplet of the lushly melodic 'Pull the Wires From the Wall' and the downright mental 'Repeat Failure' which sounds like My Bloody Valentine massacring Belle and Sebastian, as heard over a knackered short-wave radio. It's really good.
'Russian Orthodox' is even heavier, while the quieter tracks (generally those with the longer titles) pull off the almost impossible feat of sounding as good as the loud ones.
Guitar pyrotechnics aside, there's nothing here to justify any reputation for whimsy The Delgados might have earned by daring to be both Scottish and use acoustic guitars sometimes. The lyrics are as biting as ever; Emma Pollock's voice, more versatile than Alun Woodward's, ranges from softly-softly to cutting with a metallic edge. Alun Woodward still sings like a big wuss, but in a good way.
The Sonic Youth comparisons (see above!) aren't far off, although anyone who says the Sonics can't sing clearly hasn't listened to many of their records.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm out (but not by miles) 31 Jan 2001
Format:Audio CD
One of THE LPs of the late '90s. After the splendid opening track Everything Goes Around In The Water, you can't imagine the delgados will be able to maintain the standard throughout. That they not only manage this, but at times raise it, is testament to their very special, individual talent.

Other highlights include the plainly marvellous Pull The Wires From The Wall, and Russian Orthodox, which sounds like a thrilling collision between Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine. Do you need any greater recommendation?
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5.0 out of 5 stars You really should buy this album 11 Aug 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Of all the Delgados albums, this is probably the one I listen to most. In fact, I'm listening to it as I type.
Peloton expands on the superb groundwork laid down on Domestiques and, indeed, improves. From the first song (Everything goes around the water) onwards you know you're in for a treat: soaring highs, crashing lows, and a passion that cuts through the whole album.
The overall pattern of songs is notably eclectic, ranging from quiet beauty of Pull the wires from the wall, to the rock-out romp that is Repeat failure.
The Delgados are a real treasure of the British music scene, and Peloton serves as a reminder that a second album should be about progression, not stagnation. A band with their own unique sound? In Britain? In the Noughties? Believe it!
I'm at a loss as to how to describe the Delgado's music; the best I can manage is that they're a "folky" Sonic Youth, but both the singers can actually sing... and sing well. And what's more, the band have range, depth and power - and the singers co-ordinate superbly.
Listen to this album and see if it doesn't grab you first time...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indie Brit Rock... 18 Mar 1999
By Agen GN Schmitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When they're not promoting Bis, Mogwai, or Arab Strap, the heads of Britain's Chemikal Underground Records (Emma Pollock and Alun Woodward) like to make music for themselves. "Peloton" is a low-profile wonder -- it doesn't bowl you over on first listen, but gradually builds until you realize you've just listened to the CD seven straight times. The sound is essentially folk elements brought into the standard two-guitars/bass/drums rock format. But the melodies, musical ideas, and lyricism -- as well as small touches of let's-try-anything -- makes for magical listening. (Think Richard and Linda Thompson, or REM in their "Fables of the Reconstruction" era.) I'd give it an extra half-star if only the review form would let me. I've got an import version that includes an 11th song, titled "The Weaker Argument Defeats the Stronger," which I hope is indeed included on the American version.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars charming indie from the uk 21 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Peloton" is an album that speaks to the listener of insecurities and confusion, in a soft, almost folksy way. It is a compilation of songs that flow easily from one to the next... Like other delgados Cd's, the songs do not strike you as incredible on the first listen but seep into your mind and become beautiful there. The songs have brilliant lyrics and are sung with Emma's soft voice, but the album is not a peaceful nothing. Just listen to it... I promise you'll love it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NO one reads these reviews anyway, but if YOU care..... 14 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I think this album comes at a time when I am tired of those over sampled HEAVY beats. The back to the basics route lulls me into playing this disc perpetually. A contemporary answer to the folk singers of the late 60's -minus the flower power and political agendas. We aren't talking about the Carpenters or Dylan with synths and samples, just a simpler form of new music that becomes part of an insatiable music urge.
So there you have it. Now I suggest you to get it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful change of pace 9 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I loved their first album, but I also love the folky overtones of this release. Only a band of major talent can pull off such a switch in styles. The Delgados have become a band to watch closely with great delight.
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