Delerium
Voice (An Acoustic Collection)


3.5
great

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
November 2nd, 2010 | 23 replies | 9,196 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Trading electronics for organic instruments doesn’t turn out to be the disaster that it could have been.

I can’t explain why, but the thought of Delerium releasing an album full of acoustic remakes just didn’t sit right with me. It could have just been the thought that most of those albums accomplish very little besides diminishing the quality of the original songs, but, in all honesty, there was more to it than that. There was also the lingering bad taste from the disappointing Nuages du Monde, and the fact that Bill Leeb’s past work seemed to imply that he wouldn’t have the faintest idea of how to create an acoustic album. It turns out, though, that Voice (An Acoustic Collection) is a finely-crafted collection of acoustic remakes that present the songs in a different, yet wholly satisfying, light.

For most, the first thought when the word ‘acoustic’ is used is of an acoustic guitar with minimalist accompaniment, but that isn’t the case here. Most of the songs on Voice are built around lush piano arrangements that take their initial influence from the original songs, but are much fuller in order to compensate for the lack of electronics. The songs also make up for the lack of electronics by making liberal use of different stringed instruments such as violins and cellos. Together these instruments combine to create a collection of very chill songs that are as relaxing as they are gorgeous. Speaking of gorgeous, one of Delerium’s main attractions is that each album contains a collection of very competent guest female vocalists, and that hasn’t changed. The choice of songs on Voice should leave most fans satisfied as it contains most of the high profile vocalists including Sarah McLachlan on “Silence”, Jael (Lunik) and Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer) on two tracks each, and Kristy Thirsk – among a list of others. In fact, the only questionable track on the album is the previously unreleased song, “Vienna (featuring Elsiane)”. Despite the excellent music, the vocals are simply terrible (it’s not a stretch to say she sounds like a cat in multiple sections of the song).

Maybe Nuages du Monde was a fluke, and Delerium still have it in them to make great music. The amount of thought and quality found in Voice (An Acoustic Collection) seems to imply that it’s the case, at least. Bill Leeb made sure that the songs presented here would be different enough to warrant this compilation’s existence, but also similar enough to the originals that long-time fans would easily recognize them. Additionally, every facet of the music has been fleshed out with soothing piano melodies and an abundance of other acoustic instruments in order to ensure that the lack of electronics wouldn’t leave the songs feeling barren. Overall, the additional element provide an enjoyable second-take on the original tracks and often times even compliment the excellent female vocals more than the originals, and that alone makes Voice (An Acoustic Collection) a worthy edition to any current Delerium fan’s collection.



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Willie
Moderator
November 2nd 2010



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Here's a great Delerium song:

After All (Featuring Jael of Lunik): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gMxKBLftq4

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

AggravatedYeti
November 2nd 2010



7684 Comments


wow they picked some of my favorites to convert to acoustic as well.

alright 100% on this after the great review.

Willie
Moderator
November 2nd 2010



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah. It was surprisingly good. You're one of very few that would probably be interested in this, but it made for a quick, easy, low profile review.

AggravatedYeti
November 2nd 2010



7684 Comments


You're one of very few that would probably be interested in this

and that sucks : (
Loved these guys since I was 15.

Waior
November 2nd 2010



11425 Comments


neat!

Ire
November 2nd 2010



41746 Comments


*Delirium



couldn't pass up that reference

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 2nd 2010



3709 Comments


Listening to Silence right now, sounds pretty good.

I'd rather hear a new album, but I'll try some of these.

Skyler
November 2nd 2010



1084 Comments


Haha, these guys are still going? I liked Chimera a lot, despite the somewhat cheesy pop direction, but Nuages du Monde was pretty forgettable. Don't think I'll listen to this.

Willie
Moderator
November 3rd 2010



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd rather hear a new album, but I'll try some of these.
After Nuages du Monde I'm not sure if I want to hear a new album. Especially after that new "single" that they recently released that's supposed to be on the new album.

Haha, these guys are still going? I liked Chimera a lot, despite the somewhat cheesy pop direction, but Nuages du Monde was pretty forgettable. Don't think I'll listen to this.
Yeah, if you're not totally into these guys then a collection of acoustic songs probably isn't going to be your thing.

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 3rd 2010



3709 Comments


Ehh I was kind of hoping Nuages du Monde would be a minor setback. I didn't realize they released a new song...

Willie
Moderator
November 3rd 2010



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Did you just listen to that new single?

AggravatedYeti
November 3rd 2010



7684 Comments


it's...disappointing to say the least

Willie
Moderator
November 3rd 2010



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's a nice way of putting it.

AggravatedYeti
November 3rd 2010



7684 Comments


can't be too smarmy

Leeb & Fulber may come and beat my ass with foreboding synths and acoustic guitars.

or just make another Nu Age...

bloc
November 3rd 2010



34667 Comments


Silence killed back in the day, will probably listen to how the acoustic version sounds.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 3rd 2010



3709 Comments


Did you just listen to that new single?
Yes. Not impressed.

Plainviewguy
November 4th 2010



17 Comments


Where should I start with this band?

Willie
Moderator
November 4th 2010



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd suggest Poem and then move back one album and then forward one album.

Plainviewguy
November 4th 2010



17 Comments


Thanks. I really like music like this but its hard to find stuff, or maybe I'm just not looking hard enough haha. Also excellent review.

Willie
Moderator
November 4th 2010



15875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There's another band that is similar called Conjure One. Both of their albums are good (and they have a new one out November 9th that I haven't heard yet).



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