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Semantic Spaces [CD]

Delerium Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Delerium is a band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, formed in 1987, originally as a side project of the influential industrial music act, Front Line Assembly. Throughout the band’s history, their musical style has encompassed a broad range, including dark ethereal ambient trance, voiceless industrial soundscapes, and electronic pop music.

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  • Audio CD (8 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B000005DBS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flowers Become Screens
2. Metaphor
3. Resurrection
4. Incantation
5. Consensual Worlds
6. Metamorphasis
7. Flatlands
8. Sensorium
9. Gateway

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Delerium ~ Semantic Spaces

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Delerium Album 19 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
I tend to divide Delerium in to two: old-Delerium and new-Delerium (see my review for Chimera to know what I'm talking about). This is the first of the new-Delerium CDs and in my opinion the best. I believe this one came out when Engima's first CD was hitting number one all over the world, but Semantic Spaces is better. Much fuller sound, and much more intricate and abstract than anything Enigma has done and what Delerium has done post-Semantic Spaces. The melodies and vocals blend in more than on any other subsequent albums, and as a result they're more like instrumental pieces rather than songs.
A must for every Delerium fan out there.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No commercial value 28 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
I fell in love with Delirium when I heard their later stuff (Karma and after). Semantic Spaces is a big step before. It is moody and atmospheric but lacks the fluidity and richness of Karma. It is miles away from Poem and Chimera. There are no "commercial" tracks here (in my opinion). Flowers Become Screens and Incantation versions here are not as good as the remastered ones. It all sounds simpler and a bit dated (electronic equipment and soundwise). Still very good but Poem and Chimera lovers beware.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gimme more.... 25 Nov 1999
Format:Audio CD
This music is creepy, yet hypnotic. You can listen to it at any time and is something you pull out when all else fails. Karma is super. You may not like it at first, but without a doubt it will grow on you and you'll want more and more. Also buy..enigma,moodswings,Deep Forrest ( first album ). If you have some suggestions, e-mail me with other albums of a similar ilk..thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! 28 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Brilliant cd. Great music. Thanks :)
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible, complete album 8 Sep 2000
By "force10ice" - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Delerium completely changed their sound with this record. Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber combined pure synth hooks, slow moving basslines, and great chant samples to create amazingly sensual, trancey ethereal music. Two songs have lyric vocals, Flowers Become Screens and Incantation. Flowers Become Screens is arguably one of the best dance-pop songs of the 90's. Unfortunately, when the album was released, Nettwerk Records was short on cash and didn't have the resources to promote the album as much as its follow-up, the equally good, but more vocal, Karma. The song has simple drum and bass lines, and amazing vocals from the wide-ranged Kristy Thirsk, formerly of Rose Chronicles. Incantation is more of the same. Both are great tracks. The non-vocal songs are pure sonic ectasy. VERY complex layered tracks with a lot going on - multi-dimensional, for sure.
The Gregorian Chants in THIS album were sampled. Enigma was NOT sampled on this record, contrary to the claims of a previous reviewer. There are some similar hooks and feels, but Enigma somewhat defined this genre, but Delerium CLEARLY one-ups the entire field with this record. Enigma, by comparison (even MCMXC a.d.), is too poppy, too commercial, too forced. This is a purely good record based on the talents of the authors.
(BTW: Karma has fewer samples; they rented out a church in Vancouver and had real authentic monks sing their chants!)
If you'd like an in-depth song-by-song review, please check out the official web page at [...] - I have my full review posted in the discography.
But, in summary, if you like Enigma or Deep Forest, you will LOVE this album.
PS: If you like this album and/or Karma, I HIGHLY recommend Intermix's Future Primitives, which is a side-project of Leeb/Fulber (the same guys as Delerium) and recorded at the same time as Semantic Spaces, and basically could've been another Delerium album. I also highly recommend the upcoming Conjure One album, the new project by Rhys Fulber solo.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And The Rebirth Of Delerium Begins... 1 Sep 2002
By Clarissa - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Semantic Spaces is best describes as the 'rebirth of Delerium' for it is a new awakening from their eerie darker days. And while the album starts out rather cold and emotionless it soon escalates to some deep electronic bass lines with (for the first time ever) soaring vocals by female singer Kristy Thirsk on "Flowers Become Screens". Then comes "Metaphor" with its ancient tribal chantings amidst synthy-electronic beats and mysterious female voices that sound a lot like something you'd find on their Future Primitives side-project by Intermix. "Consensual Worlds" probably comes the closest to their older sound with a droning undervoice that drags through some downright creepy sound effects while "Incantation" is probably their most upbeat song with funky trance beats accompanied, once again, by Kristy Thirsk, who sings a lot more often on their next album, Karma. And despite the fact that Delerium samples from both Enigma and Leftfield, I find it all the more interesting to listen to with "Resurrection" being my favorite.
This (along with Karma and Poem) are highly recommended to trance and new age fans alike, so stop reading this and buy it already! You won't be disappointed, I promise.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metaphor, Gateway - Delerium 23 Jan 2000
By Joel Youngblood - Published on
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First "new wave" Delerium CD - this is also the first Delerium cd with a vocalist. And the results are amazing. "Flowers Become Screens" is HANDS DOWN my favorite Delerium song, because of that amazing synth opening (shouldn't say opening really, comes in about 3 minutes into the song, buts its more of an opening on the single. Kristy Thirsk has a voice that belongs with the angels, as she prooves again in "Karma." This album is comparitively light, when looked at to Euprhoric or Spiritual Archives, which is a tad of a turn off, but its still a great album. Definately recomend Track # 1 - its there all time best, "Flowers Become Screens." You also arne't gonna wanna miss the hipnotic chants of the children on "Metaphor." Thrisk sings again on the highly recomendable "Incantation" which will also blow you away, even though its a tad to "popish" for moi. The singing in "Metamorphis" (although it lacks words) will nock you over also. "Flatlands" will make you feel good, and "Sensorium" provides some releif for fans of like myself of Delerium's darker days.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely and utterly brilliant 3 July 2005
By Heather - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the greatest musical acheivements by any musical artist, ever. Yes, it is that good. This cd is mesmarizingly relaxing to listen to, brimming from the first to last track with absolute brilliance. This is pure ear candy. Mellow and relaxing with NONE of the boredom factor that a lot of mellow music has. This is a masterpiece that NO Electronica collection is complete without. I can't possibly say enough good things about this album or do it justice with the mere English language. This is one of the best investments I have ever made -in music or anything else for that matter. Some of Delerium's absolute best work.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grrrr, It's Good...Really Good 23 Sep 2003
By Melkor - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This is a review for fans of OLD Delerium: I wanted to hate this album. I came to Delerium because I am a HUGE Frontline Assembly fan. I picked up the first several Delerium CDs and loved them. It was like Tangerine Dream for people with darker tendencies. One day a friend gave me a copy of "Poem". My first thought on hearing it was "What happened? Did Rhys and Bill go on Prozac?" It was so pretty and happy, that I wanted nothing to do with it. I wanted the dark/eerie Delerium back. I decided then that I did not like the "singing era" of Delerium's work.
Then, a few weeks ago I saw them live. I became converted, and really began to enjoy their singing material. Though, I knew just because it sounded good in an energetic live setting, that didn't mean that I would like it on CD. I finally broke down, and picked up a copy of "Semantic Spaces". This is definitely the transition album. It only has two songs with lyrics, and one of those is "Flowers Become Screens", which is very hard to resist. Kristy Thirsk has a wonderful voice with a powerful range, and carries the song well. The instrumentals are not the expansive landscaped of the previous albums. They're a bit more poppy, but I was able to get into them.
At the end of the day, if you're a fan of the old Delerium and Frontline Assembly, and have been hesitant to get into the newer and prettier material, this is definitely a safe place to start. I can't stop listening to it. I'm hooked.
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