Acolyte - Delphic
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

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  • Summary: The British trio from Manchester releases their debut album of dance rock.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 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]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Dec 13, 2010
    60
    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.
  7. It's just that it feels so characterless and anonymous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 4, 2010
    7
    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'. Collapse
  2. Jan 7, 2011
    5
    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. Expand

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