Returning of Delerium
Delerium, one of many side projects by Industrial Pioneers Rhys Fulber and Bill Leeb of Front Line Assembly, returns with Chimera a slightly disappointing new album. Chimera stumbles where Deleriumâ€šÃ„Ã´s old albums such as Semantic Spaces and the masterful Karma soared. Bill and Rhys had a winning formula on those albums with blending down tempo electronic dance with tribal percussion and chant and a slight touch of ambient noise. The result was a patient symphony of relaxing music. However, Chimera seems to expand on the one thing that gave them a million selling album worldwide.Karma featured a stunning one time collaboration with Sarah McLachlan called Silence that was easily the most digestible dance music of Deleriumâ€šÃ„Ã´s work at the time. Apparently Rhys and Bill have decided to go full board expanding on this format with Chimera as every song has a female singer on it now and is in a more digestible poppy dance style. Delerium used to spend every moment they needed to bring a song to itâ€šÃ„Ã´s proper apex and used female singers sparingly and effectively but now the album feels like a forced down tempo album. There are a few shining moments with the vocals of former collaborator Kristy Thirsk and Sixpence None the Richerâ€šÃ„Ã´s Leigh Nash. All in all though, Chimera is most certainly not the groupâ€šÃ„Ã´s best work.