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5.0 out of 5 stars it really is bloody marvelous. nuff said., 11 Oct. 2000
J. J. Bankier (Tokyo, Japan) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Peloton (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. But they do have the Sonics' sheer bloody-mindedness and complete unwillingness to adhere; where they differ is that while Sonic Youth seem to exist in their own re-tuned world, the Delgados work their magic in a (generally) more conventional framework; actually if there's another band which most resembles the Delgados, I'd say it would be Pavement, only without so much of the irony thing.
Anyway this is really good album, so I suggest you don't waste your money on the next Travis record or whatever, and listen to something with both heart, soul, and it's own ideas.
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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
knowledeayton (Hereford, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Peloton (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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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You really should buy this album, 11 Aug. 2000
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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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