Sound — 7
Delays are a currently little-known Indie Rock band from Southampton, UK. Their sound is quite poppy but has a gritty edge to it, more obvious on their, often pretty loud, live performances. There are melodies to all their songs and they rely a lot on the voice of singer\guitarist Greg Gilbert. Second track 'Valentine' could be a male\female duet the first time you heard it but it's merely Gilbert's amazing vocal dexterity. Completing the four piece band are keyboardist Aaron Gilbert, bassist Colin Fox and drummer Rowly. This is Delay's second album coming a couple of years after debut effort 'Faded Seaside Glamour'. Like the first it features jangly background guitar, lots of oohs and aahs, keyboard effects, strong basslines and forceful drumming. It's a sound quite unique at present as it doesn't fit in with any of their contemparies, it's definitely rock but with a strong dance aspect, similar to The Stone Roses in some instances, but without such a talented guitarist it's the singer who really makes this band go places. It's an interesting sound but no different here to their first album and it's a sound that sometimes enables tracks to sound very similar to each other.
Lyrics — 6
The lyrics are nothing special but they fit well with the music and can't be complained about. As already mentioned, Gilbert's voice is the main implement of memorability about Delays sound. He seems to add a bit too much oohing and aahing for my liking though, a bit like the ridiculous amount on Kaiser Chiefs debut album. This could easily be merely to overshadow some pretty average arrangements but if not then they're merely unnecessary and should be dispensed with entirely or replaced with some proper lyrics.
Overall Impression — 7
It's not one of my favourite albums but I like it and hope the band can progress in the future.