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Glo
     

Glo

by Delirious?
 

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Modern worship trailblazers Delirious? check in with another stellar collection. Not only have these British rockers launched a musical movement Stateside, but with Glo they demonstrate that they can take their innovations to the next level. This call to worship opens with a chorus of Benedictine monks, then dives into the hard-driving "God You Are My God."

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Modern worship trailblazers Delirious? check in with another stellar collection. Not only have these British rockers launched a musical movement Stateside, but with Glo they demonstrate that they can take their innovations to the next level. This call to worship opens with a chorus of Benedictine monks, then dives into the hard-driving "God You Are My God." Such complementary contradictions are a Delirious? hallmark; at times they rock hard, at others, they're as gentle as a prayer. Glo -- produced by the band and the seemingly ubiquitous Tedd T. -- instills emotions of deep reverence and awe, via an artful mix of guitars, bagpipes, cellos and electronica., Glo conjures a compellingly inventive, layered sound, yet remains lyrically rooted in the praise and worship vein. "We've found Jesus/He's our great romance," sings Martin Smith on "God's Romance." Such love radiates throughout Glo.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
If albums were miniseries Delirious would have an epic here. Britain's finest Christian band has released a disc that stylistically fits somewhere between their 1998 praise and worship offering Cutting Edge and their last rock venture, Mezzamorphis. Often being compared to U2 both musically and dynamically, the comparisons will undoubtedly continue here. With this release, Delirious commands the same sonic intensity as any U2 release over the past 15 years. Throughout the disc Delirious boasts what they call spontaneous parts. These parts are monikered "Glo In the Dark 1 thru 4." They are four interludes that are a continuation of four different songs. "God You Are My God" is a truly inspirational way to kick start a disc. The song starts courtesy of chants from the Monks of Ampleforth Abbey which fuses into a worshipful blasts of praise. "God's Romance" and "My Glorious" remind us that this band can make a gritty rock statement. Both cuts feature a chunky rhythm guitar punctuated by the apt vocals of Martin Smith that seem to resonate on alterna
ock grooves. "Investigate" is a plea for purity: "Investigate my life and make me clean/Shine upon the darkest place in me." The tune builds from acoustic guitar to electric frenzy. Delirious adds one of their spontaneous parts at the songs end. Instead of an unfulfilling rant the band delivers a musical and emotional climax that peaks with Smith's effect laden vocals. A solid bass groove and trippy guitar riffs create a barrage that ends with whispering Smith vocals putting a potent stamp on the cut. "Hang on to You" is a pure pop driven melody. The tune is audio adulation to God. Martin's vocals are mixed out front with an undercurrent of meaty guitar chords bolstering the songs effectiveness. With "Awaken the Dawn" the praise and worship continues. The tunes chorus shows lyrical reverence. Following the cut is another spontaneous moment. Here Delirious hits musical stride with strings, synthesizers, and bagpipes. Never being a band to shy away from the power of Christ, "Jesus' Blood" ends the disc nicely. The band utilizes the Arun Community Choir to sing to the heavens. There's another spontaneous moment to end the disc: here, Delirious utilizes the effectiveness of a string quartet and piano, bringing the disc to an end with an emotional fervor. Glo is an insightful journey of pop-craftsmanship. The songs are musical excursions, a momentous crusade that covers lots of holy ground. ~ Steven Losey

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2000
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
0724385173929
catalogNumber:
51739

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Performance Credits

Delirious?   Primary Artist
Evans   Vocals
Chris Evans   Vocals
Martin Smith   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Stewart Smith   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Sampling
Jon Thatcher   Electric Bass,Synthesizer Bass
Arun Community Choir   Vocals
Robert A. Ash   Bagpipes
Sue Burns   Vocals
Katie Dorey   Vocals
Danny Drage   Vocals
Helen England   Vocals
Jan Evan   Vocals
Anne Fuller   Vocals
Grant Choir   Choir, Chorus
Sally Gray   Vocals
Sharlene Hector   Vocals
Jane Kane   String Quartet
John Kane   String Quartet
Sally Keeley   Vocals
Chian Lim   String Quartet
Roderick S MacDonald   Bagpipes
Hugh MacMillan   Bagpipes
Jussy McLean   Vocals
Bren Melloe   Vocals
DJ Kenny Mitchell   Turntables
Monks Of Ampleforth Abbey   Sounds
Nykki Murphy   Background Vocals
Anne Payne   Vocals
Dave Payne   Vocals
Gerard Le Feuvre   Cello,String Quartet

Technical Credits

Martin Smith   Composer,Engineer
Delirious?   Producer
Anna Smith   Vocal Effect
Stu Garrard   Composer
DJ Kenny Mitchell   Contributor
Tony Patoto   Management
Tedd Tjornhom   Producer
Charles Zwicky   Engineer

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