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  • Summary: The British trio from Manchester releases their debut album of dance rock.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 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.
  2. Delphic have started 2010 as we all hope it will go on - with superb music.
  3. 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.
  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. 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.
  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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  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',
    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'.
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  2. MarkB.
    Jan 26, 2010
    7
    Acolyte is a good album with plenty to get excited about. Opening track of Clarion Call is energetic and with the album featuring fan 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. Collapse
  3. 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'reI 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