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on 24 April 2005
Given that 'best of...' compilations are normally a collection of a group's most popular single releases, and thus a reflection of chart success, Delerium's offering sits a little oddly. Indeed, Delerium are founded upon an intriguing dual identity of mainstream dance remixes and decidedly non-mainstream ethnic/Gothic album productions that presents a difficult balancing act to replicate in this traditional format.
Yet somehow they have succeeded in pulling this off, balancing some less well-known classics from their albums with new remixes of popular dance tracks.The result is a good mix of tracks ranging from the now eponymous dance anthem 'Silence' to classic instrumental album tracks such as 'Remembrance', spanning the early Gothic darkness of 'Semantic Spaces' up to the latest pop-inspired album 'Chimera'.
The inclusion of two new tracks is an incentive to any Delerium fan, but although the lyrics of 'Paris' or 'You & I' possess the same resonance as displayed in earlier albums, they exhibit the same bland pop arrangements that prevented 'Chimera' from being an exceptional album. There is also a bias towards vocal tracks, with 'Remembrance' being the only instrumental track, but of these none could be said to be bad choices. Furthermore, the inclusion of remixed versions of 'Truly', 'Underwater' and 'Silence' means that old favourites retain their appeal with established fans. All in all, there is enough material here to entice new fans to try earlier albums, and it's comprehensive range of tracks should still please the most avid fan.
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