ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Much has changed for the Dublin quartet in the four years since their last album — there have been relocations and childbirth and the small matter of an album’s worth of material that was scrapped after they became dissatisfied with what they had done. On the evidence of this strong fifth album, the decision to rip it up and start again was wise. There’s a strong quotient of meticulously honed and smartly arranged songs that remind us of Delorentos’ ability to fashion hook-laden, radio-friendly songs with an emotional heart and with much to say. True Surrender is the sound of a group of men who have left the carefree years behind and are trying to make sense of a challenging world, whether that’s in personal relationships, the responsibility that comes with being parents or in the navigation of the obstacles that crop up in daily life. A highlight, ‘In the Moment’, is the sound of a band doing much soul-searching, and it’s beautifully recorded — the producer, ex-Villagers member Tommy McLaughlin, strikes gold again. Another song, the marvellous lead single ‘In Darkness We Feel Our Way’, goes to the heart of our most intimate relations and asks some big questions. Ró Yourell and Kieran McGuinness share leadsinging duties — as they’ve always done — and there are co-writes with Richie ‘Jape’ Egan.