July 5, 2010

Delays talk about one of the finest records of 2010



Delays new album, the enigmatically titled Star Tiger, Star Ariel is one of the best albums of 2010 and certainly the most consistent of their career. Aside from tremendous melodies, the group is perhaps most known for lead singer Greg Gilbert's "angel in the dirt" vocals, which slide easily between choirboy highs to a lower register that has a satisfying bit of rough. He does vulnerability, purity, etc etc, but he's never cloyingly sweet.

If you are a "she-popper" or "he-popper" looking for a way into this album, try Unsung (the single) or Lakes Can Be Lethal, both up-tempo. If you are a dreamy emo, try my favorite song Moment Gone or Hold Fire. If you are... errrr... a Doors fan! - try the title song.

For the previously initiated, here is a 2-part piece where Aaron and Greg Gilbert go through the album track-by-track...





And here is a recent live performance of the single, Unsung...

4 comments:

countpopula said...

'Tis funny, but I've tried and cannot seem to like this album much, and I own all their others. Maybe it seems a bit too "we're trying to prove we are still a rock band", but it seems like the last album had much stronger, hookier melodies, and I'm not sure we'll ever get another Valentine out of them (or a dreampop album like the first). Then again, I think the new Sia album is her best (or maybe Colour the Small One), and you don't seem to care for that one at all. Everyone goes through a phase--guess that way they have more variety of things to play live.

Atlas Bebek said...

wow, gonna check it out now! -=)

xolondon said...

Let me know what you think, Atlas!

Count, the track I don't dig is Shanghai'd. Too ruffian!

xolondon said...

Let me know what you think, Atlas!

Count, the track I don't dig is Shanghai'd. Too ruffian!