• Record Label: Ipecac
  • Release Date: Jan 27, 2004
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. In essence, it’s an improvisational nightmare that leaves you feeling extremely uncomfortable for an entire hour, while concurrently having you wish you could lie down to listen.
  2. [Delirium] is hardly the kind of record that will be everyone’s bag, but there is so much variety and so much imagination packed into it that we find ourselves recommending it despite ourselves.
  3. Uncut
    80
    Impressively pretentious, and brilliantly executed. [Dec 2003, p.126]
  4. Makes Alice Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare sound like Cats in comparison.
  5. Where Director's Cut was a variation of different '70s film themes, Delirium Cordia is a score to Patton's own horror imagination.
  6. I don’t see it as a release you can draw much from through repeated listening, but it’s a brave and powerful trip nonetheless.
  7. Aside from [a] 20-minute stretch, though, Delìrium Còrdia holds up just fine as a suitably unwieldy, adventurous, patched-together series of instrumental bridges with no chorus to reach.
  8. On one hand, it's maddening, especially when the band lapses into twenty-two minutes of near silence. But Cordia demands repeated listens, if only to hear the freakish wonder that is Mike Patton's voice.
  9. So while Delìrivm Cordìa is filled with great blocks of sound, it too often loses sight of direction.
  10. Alternative Press
    30
    Patton's latest fantasy-headache is a one-song, 55-minute conceptual misfire that careens from acid-casualty chamber music to high-velocity cartoon metal. [Feb 2004, p.82]
  11. Q Magazine
    20
    Wretched. [Dec 2003, p.124]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. NathanF.
    Aug 30, 2009
    9
    I'm judging this on what I've listened to thus far. i have just bought it off emusic and i have 40 minutes left. basically, nothing I'm judging this on what I've listened to thus far. i have just bought it off emusic and i have 40 minutes left. basically, nothing has ever been so thought provoking. it's madness. everything from the eerie noises to the random 2 minute jams just blends and fits perfectly to make one amazing creative piece of madness that i'm pretty sure I'll be in no hurry to forget. note: if you are ignorant, opinionated and impatient, don't buy this. Full Review »
  2. DavidF.
    Jan 11, 2008
    7
    Different in a good way.
  3. SeanF
    Apr 21, 2007
    10
    Bought the album on a whim, the idea seemed clever and avant-garde enough to warrant a listen, and for the entire duration i was entranced. Bought the album on a whim, the idea seemed clever and avant-garde enough to warrant a listen, and for the entire duration i was entranced. The sudden bursts of delirious distortion contrasting with the great uses of silence within the piece not only entertained me, but actually left me listening intently for the entire 22 minute near silent area of the song. An album that contains only one 74 minute song that manages to impress and entertain for the entire time... Mike Patton is definitely on the right path of musicianship. Full Review »