Their heart is where their home is

DELOREN­TOS Night Be­comes Light ★★★★★ Univer­sal Mu­sic Ire­land

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAYTON-LEA

What a roller­coaster ride it’s been for Dublin band Deloren­tos. They were there (2007 de­but al­bum In

Love with De­tail) and then they weren’t (splitsville in early 2009). Fol­low­ing a Road to Da­m­as­cus- type ex­pe­ri­ence (which was, quite likely, a much-needed fig­u­ra­tive kick up the col­lec­tive ass), they were there again. Cue sec­ond al­bum, 2009’s You

Can Make Sound, and then 2012’s Lit­tle Sparks, which won the Me­teor Choice Mu­sic Prize. In­ter­est­ingly, Night Be­comes

Light was fore­shad­owed in April with the re­lease of an acous­tic al­bum to coin­cide with Record Store Day. Un­bro­ken, Un­tied fea­tured re­worked ver­sions of fa­mil­iar songs along with new tracks Home Again, Show Me Love and City’s Still Warm. Th­ese same tracks are here, now im­bued with a bur­nished, cin­e­matic sen­si­bil­ity that shows a rather more mu­si­cally elo­quent side to the band.

Open­ing track Home Again is the beaut that sets it all up – a slow­build tune that can­ters and then sprints past the fin­ish line. There are other, sim­i­lar treats across the al­bum’s 11 tracks ( Dublin Love Song, Six Months to the Day and Every­body Else Gets Wet are par­tic­u­larly strong). If any­thing, they are even more im­me­di­ately ac­ces­si­ble and tune­ful than the bunch of crack­ers we heard on Lit­tle Sparks.

Deloren­tos have, in a way that is both sur­pris­ing and re­as­sur­ingly fa­mil­iar, con­jured up a suite of songs that re­flects the al­bum ti­tle. And it isn’t fan­ci­ful to claim that Night Be­comes Light is a fer­tile, ro­man­ti­cally driven con­cept al­bum with a de­fined nar­ra­tive arc that states, of­ten el­e­gantly, that home is where the heart and hearth is. The roller­coaster con­tin­ues. deloren­ Down­load: Home Again, City’s Still Warm, Every­body Else Gets Wet

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