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Faded Seaside Glamour (2004), 6/10
You See Colours (2006), 6/10
Everthing's the Rush (2008), 5/10
Star Tiger Star Ariel (2010), 5/10

English quartet Delays fronted by Greg Gilbert's dreamy falsetto, updated dream-pop to the age of Snow Patrol and Coldplay on Faded Seaside Glamour (Rough Trade, 2004), that would have been a splendid EP if it had disposed of the fluff that surrounds Wanderlust, Nearer than Heaven, and Hey Girl (inspired by the La's's There She Goes). The shimmering and slick production, more reminiscent of electroclash than of dream-pop, turned You See Colours (Rough Trade, 2006) into something bolder and more masculine, with Valentine and Hideaway to lead the way to the disco. Meanwhile the style had shifted from dream-pop towards an almost danceable form of glam-rock. The EP Love Made Visible (Fiction, 2007) introduced a more confused version of the band on Everthing's the Rush (Fiction, 2008), with the classic Hooray challenged by the magniloquent pop ballads Pieces and Touch Down and by the decadent dancefloor numbers No Contest and Friends Are False. However, the new Delays lacked verve as well as imagination, and the attempt to reinvent their career failed badly.

Star Tiger Star Ariel (Lookout Mountain, 2010), on which the volcalist largely abandoned his falsetto, capitalized on the new eclectic style with the romantic elegy over pounding drums of The Lost Estate, the syncopated quasi-punk rant of Shanghaied, the ethereal lullaby Rhapsody, and especially the catchy and bouncy disco singalong Unsung (reminiscent of the age of the Cars). As usual, the album contains too much filler. Half of the songs are disposable.

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