Surprisingly, the mood takes a sharp turn downwards after that, instead deciding to indie shoegaze morosely on Bedroom Scene showing that they can vary their sound a bit. The band’s biography describes the band as the ‘British Byrds’ but that’s not really accurate, the album is more astute, melancholy and modern than that. ‘No Ending; is absolutely gorgeous with a jazzy touch mixed with the Doves’ first album and it builds up to a chorus only to drop away again. Happy and sad as the tune swings between the two whilst Gilbert sings of ‘the noose around our kiss’.
Tracks like ‘Long Time Coming’ and ‘You Wear the Sun’ surpriseand confound me. The tunes are so upbeat but then the lyrics are about beinginvisible to the love of your life (‘Long Time Coming’) or stayingaway from a girl because she’s too dangerous (‘You Wear the Sun’). ‘StayWhere you Are’ is another downcast song proving that The Delays are betterat sad than happy, even if it does have a feel of Chris DeBurgh about it. It’scertainly an improvement on the previous track, the most Byrds-like moment, ‘HeyGirl’ which is an average piece of pop that really doesn’t do muchfor the album. However, the award for worst rhyming on the album definitely goesto ‘There’s Water Here’ with ‘There’s water here/Tolast all year’ and overall it’s a really bad song.
If you’re after a heavy record, this definitely isn’t for you. TheDelays are a better class of indie band and they could be great if only the falsettowas used less and there weren’t so many jangly, average tunes like ‘HeyGirl’ and ‘One Night Away’. If you like any of the above mentionedbands, you’ll probably like this.