Acolyte - Delphic

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. While there are a couple of tracks here that are close to filler, Delphic have proved that they are adept at This Kind Of Thing, which is cause for celebration alone.
  2. Acolyte not only sets the bar high for Delphic's future outings, but for the genre as a whole. [Summer 2010, p.83]
  3. Acolyte certainly won't be 2010's most adventurous album, but it's not trying to be. Instead, it's almost certain to be one of the year's most immediate and assured records, particularly for a debut, boasting any number of potential hit singles.
  4. From a palette of familiar reference points, they've created a fresh, vital sound that could prove to be the basis of an impressive career.
  5. This lean, adrenal debut fors one better, blurring the boundaries between dance and rock with a flair not seen since Hooky and co plugged in their keyboards in the early '80s. [Feb 2010, p.113]
  6. On the downside, Acolyte certainly has its derivative moments, although it could be reasonably argued that there are infinitely worse people to sound like than New Order. On the plus side, they've certainly gleaned how to pull off New Order's most celebrated trick: melding dancefloor electronics and rock.
  7. Delphic have started 2010 as we all hope it will go on - with superb music.
  8. Delphic is at its best on the pop-leaning cut "Doubt" and the captivating "Halcyon," which features a cold vocal delivery and scattershot synths.
  9. It is during this fifteen-minute stretch that the album transcends its familiar, blokey, mad-for-it Mancunian template and, though you've heard all these tricks before, achieves something charming, familiar, fucking good-and this is the level on which Delphic needs to operate more often if they're going to wring a lasting impression from this sound.
  10. There's enough originality to warrant a second look, though, evoking the epic soul of the infamous The Ha├žienda club with percussive clatter overseen by techno producer Ewan Pearson.
  11. Acolyte may infuriate dance purists with its naive inflections but for more pop orientated people it's a fun, if somewhat formulaic start to the decade.
  12. No question about it, though, Delphic are at their best when they're in the studio with Pearson. His production wizardry is a joy to behold on Acolyte.
  13. Dec 13, 2010
    Perhaps they're learning that keeping things pared down to three minutes as opposed to eight might just mean their next effort is a classic. For now, the blueprint is there. It's just a case of tinkering with the numbers.
  14. A likeable fusion though it is, there's none of the innovation of the much groovier The XX, nor are there the soaring peaks and chilly troughs, bonkers FX or even the gauche emotion that propels most dance music.
  15. 60
    There are flashes of brilliance here, but you do long for a wink or a flicker of wit. [Feb 2010, p.88]
  16. Though the album gets too repetitive, the uniformity of Acolyte still serves the band's purpose: Make the floor move.
  17. It's just that it feels so characterless and anonymous.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 7, 2011
    I bought the album after hearing the singles. Looking forward to hear it, I was a tad disappointed. The songs are all pretty similar. They're all executed professionally and are at a high standard but sometimes it is just like listening to a 45 minute song. Full Review »
  2. Sep 4, 2010
    Room for improvement, but a modern-day Depeche Mode could be in the works here.
    My picks for the album are 'Clarion Call', 'Halcyon',
    'Counterpoint' and 'Red Lights'. Full Review »
  3. MarkB.
    Jan 26, 2010
    Acolyte is a good album with plenty to get excited about. Opening track of Clarion Call is energetic and with the album featuring fan favourites such as Counterpoint and Doubt; They wont be disappointed with the album! A few other stand out tracks are Halcyon and Submission. Acolyte may not grab you on your first listen but after a few times you will enjoy. A solid debut album. Full Review »