It was about a decade ago that former Frontline Assembly bandmates Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber decided to emerge from the realm of dark, gothic ambient music and switch gears with their album SEMANTIC SPACES. Their newly adopted sound, although still reveling in shadowy moods, had more on an Enigma-like, accessible style. Their first taste of fame, however, came with the follow-up album KARMA, which spawned the massive hit "Silence" featuring vocals from Sarah McLachlan. Moving forward, the group continued to edge toward a more mainstream direction, experimenting with such styles as ethnic fusion and dreamy pop with their subsequent albums. This greatest hits album offers a taste of evolving sound of Delerium, featuring songs from their last four albums, three new remixes and two new songs. There is quite a hodge podge of different styles of material on the album, however the result is surprisingly cohesive - even the most dated material feels fresh when sequenced with some of the more recent cuts. The remixes include a new version of "Truly" from CHIMERA and remixes of "Underwater" and "Silence" from European trance act Above and Beyond. The new singles include "Paris," which samples Pachelbel's "Canon" and "You & I" with vocals from Zoe Johnston.
After their album KARMA, Delerium co-founders Bill Leebs and Rhys Fuller briefly parted ways to work on individual projects (POEM was produced by Leebs alone while Fuller worked on the CONJURE ONE album). CHIMERA reunites the pair and shows how each has grown as an artist during the hiatus. As unique as the mythical beast after which the album is named, CHIMERA explores surprisingly sensual, dark electro-pop spiced with minor ethnic influences, echoes of industrial techno and catchy, hook-driven melodies. The revolving door of guest artists likewise continues to swing on this installment with former collaborators Leigh Nash and Kristy Thirsk making appearances alongside Julee Cruise, Rachel Fuller and Jael.
Delerium are Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber, a Vancouver based duo renowned for their work together as Front Line Assembly. Together they blend traditional songwriting with layers of electronics and rhythms. KARMA is a powerful manifestation of ideas culled from the duo's musical decade together. The pinnacle of KARMA's power lies within its rich array of contributing vocalists, including Sarah McLachlan, Kristy Thirsk, Jacqui Hunt and Camille Henderson. Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance approved the use of her sampled vocals for the ethereal track "Forgotten Worlds."
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Delerium, the brainchild of former Front Line Assembly members Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber, was originally formed to explore alternate rhythms and influences. With POEM, their highly anticipated follow up to KARMA, their tradition of impressive guest vocalists continues. POEM also includes the song "Innocente" featuring the soothing vocals of Sixpence None The Richer frontwoman Leigh Nash, and additional tracks displaying the likes of Matthew Sweet, Kirsty Hawkshaw and the Mediaeval Baebes.
1. Terra Firma (featuring Aude)
2. Innocente (featuring Leigh Nash of Sixpence None The Richer)
3. Aria (featuring Mediaeval Babes)
4. Fallen Icons (featuring Jenifer Mclaren)
5. Underwater (featuring Rani)
6. Myth (featuring Joanna Stevens of Solar Twins)
7. Nature's Kingdom (featuring Kirsty Hawkshaw)
8. Daylight (featuring Matthew Sweet)
10. Poems For Byzantium (featuring Joanna Stevens)
11. Among The Ruins
Delerium is one of the several musical incarnations of Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber; in various modes, they are also known as Front Line Assembly, Noise Unit, and Synaesthesia, among other project names.
Semantic Spaces contains some rather blatant Enigma impersonations and two Madonna-like vocal tracks... but overall it's very well done. This is the Delerium release that had fans crying "sellout!".