Album review: Music Box Opera – Delerium


Although they are probably best known for the single Silence with fellow countrywoman Sarah McLachlan, Delerium have been at the forefront of Canada’s electro–ambient movement for nearly two decades.

Though their beats are still more Enigma-ish than trip hoppy, there’s an ethereal pop cinematic quality to songs such as Consciousness Of Love and Chrysalis Heart, while Monarch, featuring Nadina is reminiscent of the Middle Eastern worldliness of Dead Can Dance.

There’s nothing particularly ground-breaking here but there’s no doubt Music Box Opera is the kind of album that will be sampled on the latest versions of the Buddha Bar and Real Ibiza-style chillout compilations.

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