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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How do they do it?!!!
Having completely surrendered to their superb debut album "Faded Seaside Glamour" after a friend played it to me, I have been looking forward to this CD for months...
From the beautiful, upbeat and yet mellow first track "You & Me" this band never disappoints - how do they manage to make such unique music (which sounds like no-one else), and yet keep it so...
Published on 8 Mar 2006 by Mr. S. K. THORPE

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3.0 out of 5 stars Verging on disappointing
Hopes were high for this one. Lost in a melody, which remains Delays' best song to date, hinted at a beefed up sound which had lost none of the first album's inventfulness. Alas, Lost... seems to be consigned (irritatingly) to single-only status and nothing on You See Colours has managed to live up to the promise. Valentine comes close, as does Given Time, but the rest of...
Published on 28 Mar 2006


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How do they do it?!!!, 8 Mar 2006
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Mr. S. K. THORPE "STEVE THORPE" (SURREY, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: You See Colours (Audio CD)
Having completely surrendered to their superb debut album "Faded Seaside Glamour" after a friend played it to me, I have been looking forward to this CD for months...
From the beautiful, upbeat and yet mellow first track "You & Me" this band never disappoints - how do they manage to make such unique music (which sounds like no-one else), and yet keep it so commercial?!
Highlights are "Valentine", "You & Me" and "Waste of Space" but the album as a whole is consistently listenable...for a relatively 'new' band who are still pretty young, they have the world at their feet now their first two albums are available for the world to hear.
The only question is - how do they keep up with the impossibly high quality standards they've set themselves to date?!!! I've no doubt that somehow they'll manage it ;-)
Buy with complete confidence and enjoy...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stuff, 19 May 2006
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The first two tracks are instant songs that age well. The rhythm section for track 2, Valentine, is just fantastic. As for the rest of the tracks on the album, they really grow on you and after a couple of listens, choosing your favorite track will start to get a little difficult. The range of the singer is excellent, but you may find you can't sing along too well. I recommend not trying to do so in company. Their earlier album is also really good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb, 16 Feb 2006
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This is my first ever review, but if an album deserved it this is it. So many albums nowadays have a few memorable songs, some seem to get away with one hit single, but this is different. It's packed with powerful upbeat foot tapping tunes and yes it is different to Faded Seaside Glamour, but these guys have upped their game in a big way. Sod the Arctic Monkeys, this is the album everyone should be raving about. Every instrument plays a part on this album and in my opinion there are so few flatspots as to be inconsequential. Don't look for ballads either, Waste of Space is the closest there is! Buy it, play it loud...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delays dump the sixties sound, 27 Mar 2006
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Southampton's Delays hit the ground running in 2004 with their easy listening,sixties-pop jangle of a debut album...i wasnt very impressed, the only interesting thing was the angelic voice of Greg Gilbert and the lush harmonies.
Leap foward to 2006 and its like the lazy debut never happened....WICKED!.
Basing their sound around funky basslines,clipped guitars and sequencers, this is a bolder,brasher but still harmonius effort from the lads. The pace never lets up as a a primal scream of anguish from Gilbert pours out over the music, nothing too gloomy mind you,just a sense of fustration,small town living,lost love and noughties angst.
Whether this will set the vapid charts of 2006 alight or not isnt that important to me, good music is good music and Delays have created a great second album. The strings on "You and Me" are heavenly too, the sound bright and breezy but then the minor notes creep in and then the drums and guitar flood through the speakers and it gets better still after that!!.
Well worth investing in some Hampshire Highs.....and Lows...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bouncy, brilliant indie pop, 30 July 2006
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Terrifically upbeat, rhythmic music from an excellent indie band. 'You and Me', 'Valentine' 'Winter's Memory of Summer' and 'Waste of Space' with well-crafted instantly likeable hooks make them stand-out tracks. Lyrically superior to their debut album, this band seem destined to continue their rise on the circuit of real music. Must agree with other reviewers though, don't sing this in the company of others... comments about the tightness of one's trousers may ensue :) If you like chilling in the garden with a beer or two and a couple of indie girls/boys this is a good pick.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underestimated, 12 Mar 2007
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Gary Wright - See all my reviews
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Both albums, Faded Seaside Glamour and You See Colours are by far heavily underestimated.Once listened, every track is a massive hit in its own right. The melodies will stay with you for a long time coming!! Having watched a live performance supporting Embrace a few months ago, they deserve more recognition and air play. I have been a massive fan of this band from the start, more people need to recognise and take hold of more lesser known bands, not just the bigger bands that make national radio.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not-so-difficult second album syndrome, 7 Mar 2006
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After their debut blew me away completely I thought it was going to be tough for this band to follow it up successfully, but they've really pulled it off. Magnificent.
From the opening moments of Track #1 you know you're in for something special. With Greg's beautiful, soaring vocals and Aaron's inventive keyboards - which have a bigger part to play on this album than on Faded Seaside Glamour - this is a real gem of a record.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous, 13 Nov 2006
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Ms. C. Cavell "chriszy" (Southampton UK) - See all my reviews
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being from southampton myself its always nice to see local boys doing well. ive followed these guys since i first heard them about three years ago now (and am actually going top see them in december at the southampton guild hall) this is by far the better album of the two. the tracks are catchy and upbeat, well written and just a good all round jolly good album...would recommend to anyone
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You see colours...of spring..., 29 Mar 2006
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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I've always liked Delays after hearing their great debut single 'nearer than heaven' which sounded suitably euphoric and blended pop with reminders of Cocteau Twins, Geneva, and Lush. Debut LP 'Faded Seaside Glamour' offered up a mixed selection of divine alt-pop - the jingly/jangly joys of 'Hey Girl', the 'Seventeen Seconds'-sounding 'Bedroom Scene', the advert jingle 'Long Time Coming', the Cocteau Twins gone dub 'Wanderlust' and the Charlatans-sounding 'On.' It was a pleasant alternative to the majority of indie/alt dullards dominating the scene at the time.
Following the one-off single 'Lost in a Melody', a more electronic direction has been pursued - primary single 'Valentine' showcases this approach, feeling quite Moroder/New Order (& reminding me of the early work of Associates and lost bands AR Kane & No Man). Greg Gilbert's vocals are certainly becoming stronger, reminding me of future cult god Billy Mackenzie and the songwriting partnership of the Gilbert brothers has developed - blending the ethereal and the electronic.
'This Town's Religion' is slightly harder and isn't that far from The Cure musically (certainly a lot more exciting than the anodyne Placebo)- while 'Disintegration'-style keyboards add to 'Winter's Memory of Summer', which would make a fantastic single and would fit in wonderfully on Geneva's classic debut LP 'Further' (I also thought of the Sundays debut, which means this isn't that far from the likes of The Like...). 'Too Much In Your Life' almost has a glam-beat like Magazine's 'The Light Pours Out of Me' (re-record/remix for a single...) before drifting off into the dream rock stratosphere - which makes me realise that Delays aren't that far from exponents of the second wave of Shoegazing: Jeniferever, Engineers, Sigur Ros etc. Though they have tunes and like pop too - seeming to have tapped into the parts of the 80s that people forget about on list-programmes and related post-millennial lazy TV...
'Hideaway' (...another classic single?...)has another drumbeat that recalls glam, fitting in alongside Belle & Sebastian's 'White Collar Boy', while 'Lillian' offers up territory not that far from Depeche Mode or Goldfrapp - hopefully directions the band will pursue other than the Byrds-LAs-jingly jangle angle.
'You See Colours' is a fine follow-up to Delays' fine debut - hopefully the third album will be the real masterpiece they were building to all along. A record and a band that don't really deserve the hard time they get - I always think folks who don't like the high vocals seem a bit insecure in the same way that Antony & the Johnstons seem to irk some. 'You See Colours' will start to sound even better now that spring is here, and like Delays' earlier work, these pop-songs sound like falling in love, or being far away from home. & look, a band who aren't a tribute act to Blur circa 1994 (Kaiser Chiefs), which has to be a great thing?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality album, 23 April 2007
This review is from: You See Colours (Audio CD)
A seriously good record although much of it takes quite a few listens to get into. 'Valentine' is one of two obvious exceptions, an instant pop record driven along by thumping bass and drums. But for me the opening track 'You and Me' is the highlight, truly one of my favourite songs ever - fantastic melodies (the singer has an incredible voice), great music and the kind of song that really puts a smile on your face whenever you hear it. Worth buying for that alone.
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