The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL


Col­lec­tions Poly­dor Del­phic’s most per­sis­tent prob­lem last time around was that their de­but al­bum (Acolyte) just hap­pened to re­mind many of an­other, em­i­nently more fa­mous band from Manch­ester. This time around, and with their Good Life tak­ing gold as last sum­mer’s of­fi­cial Olympics theme tune, you’d be hard-pressed to find many New Or­der ref­er­ences in the wash. In­stead, Del­phic have sculpted grandiose in­die an­thems with su­per-bright elec­tronic sur­face sheens. Pro­duc­ers Tim Goldswor­thy and Ben Allen have cer­tainly helped the band go large, but it’s also down to the trio’s new-found taste for a highly man­nered va­ri­ety of the big mu­sic. The Sun Also Rises and Baiya are the best ex­am­ples of this ap­proach, each an ex­pan­sive ex­er­cise in grand­stand­ing in­die. Too of­ten, though, the al­bum feels like Del­phic is re­peat­ing the for­mula rather than work­ing to­wards any sort of break­through. del­ Down­load: The Sun Also Rises, Baiya

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