AL­BUM OF THE WEEK

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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