Faded Seaside Glamour [CD+DVD] CD+DVD
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DELAYS Faded Seaside Glamour (2004 UK Limited Edition 2-disc [CD/DVD] set comprising the 12-track CD album featuring the singles Long Time Coming. Nearer Than Heaven & Hey Girl; plus Bonus DVD including 3 music videos and 5 live performances presented in a die-cut card picture slipcase)
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However I got the single the next week and was hooked. Then came Long Time Coming the best song of 2004 without doubt. Before you know it I'm going to see them live and have got their album.
If you haven't got this album why not? Yes Greg Gilbert the lead singer amy have a high voice at times, some of my relatives cannot distinguish whether its a man or woman singing at times, but forget that. All of the tracks on this album are brilliant, from the spine tingling 'Stay where you are' to the upbeat 'One Night Away', each song has its own character. Favoruite tracks have to be 'Bedroom scene' and 'Wanderlust' as well as 'Long Time Coming'. This album is a must have!
Underated album of 2004 I think! Can't wait for the next album.
'Faded Seaside Glamour' is a thoroughly 'happy' album, with lush vocals from lead singer Greg Gilbert's vocals, who can sing high, but also with a rasp. The standout track is 'Nearer Than Heaven', which just denied a placing in the UK top 20 when released as a single, and it always reminds me of a bright Summer day. Most of the other songs are just as pleasant, with Delay's angelic harmonies and atmospheric production, this is sugar coated pop music at it's most beautiful. If you're passionate about you're indie music, the mellow 'Stay Where You Are' will give you the chills, and listening to 'Long Time Coming' will feel life affirming. Listening to the acoustic 'No Ending' makes me feel like I'm lying on cotton wool, and 'You Wear The Sun', the best Delays single there never was, lifts my spirits
The Delays are made up of brothers Greg and Aaron Gilbert, who wrote most of the tracks, and Colin Fox and Rowly. They are a band for fans of the likes of The Stone Roses, Peace, and Starsailor, but are also clearly influenced by '60s psychedelic-rock groups like The Byrds, Although, they have always been underrated, if you've just found them, then do not hesitate in buying 'Faded Seaside Glamour'. This is a near perfect pop album.
Beautifull singing and harmonys, floating guitars and the odd steel drum, tracks 1-4 are without a doubt the best on the album with track 4 - Bedroom Scene being a work of genius, you could take elements of the song and make about 4 songs out of it based on the various hooks within it.
With shades of the La's (vocally) but a few octaves higher and melodies that are totally fresh I have to recomend this to anyone who like anything slightly Indie or Rock related, its a WINNER!
You can huff and puff all you want about this stuff, but what it ultimately boils down to (it always has, however much verbose fun we have on these pages) is intelligent, interesting words married to strong, memorable tunes.
This is why it's frustrating to see modern musics; Neanderthal rock acts, Cowell's sub-Bedlam pathetics, rappers, balladeers etc etc struggling with this straightforwardly simple, bare-basic concept. This can only lead any erstwhile reviewer worth his nicotine and Red Bull to conclude that stupidity levels among these cookie's is uncommonly high.
The Delays make it look so easy - and it probably is. Jangling, soaring guitars, harmonious vocals, smattering of 60's influence - job's easy.
A trained monkey could do it (oops, sorry, they are aren't they? New one's looking good Simon...), and make the slop-charts infinitely more entertaining and deep than a hundred James Blunts (there's another idiot - has he never heard of rhyming slang !?) and a thousand Arcade Fires.
Hah! 'Faded Seaside Glamour'(Delays are SO Graham Greene) is a great album, an open goal for punters. It un-complicates modern pop/rock in a way we haven't heard since the raw truth of the Smiths and early James, and leaves in its wake the zillion false prophets and Bond-style ego-maniacs currently 'developing' (and therefore owning) modern music.
The very idea of 'good' is so troubling in this topsy-turvy pop world that veritable Delays Greg and Aaron (see what I mean? it just gets better and better...) wouldn't get past the X-Factor auditions if they were pointing Uzi's.
'In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king'. Undoubtedly true - the Delays write mini-masterpieces despite the irritating scratching and screaming of those multitudes who, even after spending thousands on laser surgery, will never be able to see.
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