- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2000 1 Jan
There's a simple way of reviewing the new Delirious album for all the fans:
the praise & worship of
the modern rock of
Enough said. Proceed by buying this terrific album — as if you needed any convincing.
For the rest of you looking for a more in-depth explanation, Delirious has released a new project that should satisfy all their fans. This UK band is largely responsible for the popular modern praise & worship movement that we're seeing right now. Since their beginnings as a worship band in the early-mid '90s, some have complained that Delirious has strayed too far from their worship music, while others have given overwhelming approval to their strong modern rock sound reminiscent of Radiohead and '90s-era U2.
It's probably not an album for everyone, especially if you like your praise more reserved and traditional. The guitars are as loud as ever, almost bombastic, but they're still used in a very tasteful and musical way, rather than being just noisy; it's layered in a way that reminds me of Queen or Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This is worship music in the form of arena rock, which is not an uncommon venue for Delirious in the UK. My favorite moments on
I can't help but wonder about the "usefulness" of the album (i.e., how it might be used in worship since so many of their past songs have made their way into church services). It's such a well-produced project that I have a hard time envisioning a live worship team incorporating this into their own worship services. Maybe I'm wrong, and most congregations have 2 or 3 solid guitar players with loads of effects processing and a superb sound system, or else there are enough deft worship leaders to adapt these songs to a more simplified setting. But, apart from that,