Poem - Delerium
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  1. 70
    Besides knowing how to pick an evocative voice to work with, Delerium ably mutes big, often funky bass lines with easy flowing beats while adding mood-altering touches.
  2. If you think too hard about a record like this, you'll probably be ashamed to own it. Let's be honest: despite its Eastern rhythms, intricate melodies and exotic instrumentation, it's basically a yuppie sex record.
  3. Tracks like "Terra Firma" evoke every new-age-groove cliche imaginable, from Gregorian chants to pan flutes to politely understated hip-hop beats. [#152, p.74]
  4. For those of you that like to dress in long trench coats, leave trails of incense, hang out at Borders, sip down inflated decaf mocha javas, and quietly (but not too quietly) discuss the contradictory, post-modern feminist and Marxist attitudes in last week's Buffy episode while keeping an eye out for all those moody sorts perusing the tattoo section -- Poem will sound amazing. For the rest, it's a ponderous machine of put-upon tribal chants and cod-industrial loops that runs on empty from start to finish.
  5. When Delerium forego the listless Gregorics and stale beats employed by their more renowned contemporaries, they truly shine. The beat-heavy "Aria," for instance, and the salsa-esque "Fallen Icons" are arguably Poem's strongest tracks. But these moments occur only now and then, and are often sandwiched between songs that, while helping you survive the subway's rush-hour crunch, won't meet your needs at any other time-- unless you're about to have a mid-life crisis.
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  1. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    Perhaps some music "critics" are lost on real musicianship and songwriting. Not to mention actual singers. Likely the exposure to these are rare and as such unrecognizable. So it stands to reason that we find these reviews. When friends are asking for something different and inspirational I always mention the various works of Bill and Rhys and friends. With Poem being my top recommendation. There is some beautiful music on this recording. Great guitar arrangements. Wonderful vocal work, strings and as always; keyboards. Might I suggest to some of the critics put down your smart phone, put on your best headphones and be taken away. If you can relax long enough. Expand
  2. JevonW
    Aug 11, 2004
    10
    I don't understand the meta reviews above. This album is awesome, and one of my favourites of all time!
  3. DavidS
    May 16, 2006
    9
    While maybe not the best album by them, it's very close to it. It's not for everyone, and that's most likely why it got mediocre reviews. songs like Poem for Byzantium, Aria, and Underwater are what really make the album shine. This is always one of the most listened albums I own, and I'm glad that I didn't shun it based off my first impressions when I started with their album Chimera. Well done, and great for it's own unique genre. Expand