This is a review for fans of OLD Delerium: I wanted to hate this album. I came to Delerium because I am a HUGE Frontline Assembly fan. I picked up the first several Delerium CDs and loved them. It was like Tangerine Dream for people with darker tendencies. One day a friend gave me a copy of "Poem". My first thought on hearing it was "What happened? Did Rhys and Bill go on Prozac?" It was so pretty and happy, that I wanted nothing to do with it. I wanted the dark/eerie Delerium back. I decided then that I did not like the "singing era" of Delerium's work.
Then, a few weeks ago I saw them live. I became converted, and really began to enjoy their singing material. Though, I knew just because it sounded good in an energetic live setting, that didn't mean that I would like it on CD. I finally broke down, and picked up a copy of "Semantic Spaces". This is definitely the transition album. It only has two songs with lyrics, and one of those is "Flowers Become Screens", which is very hard to resist. Kristy Thirsk has a wonderful voice with a powerful range, and carries the song well. The instrumentals are not the expansive landscaped of the previous albums. They're a bit more poppy, but I was able to get into them.
At the end of the day, if you're a fan of the old Delerium and Frontline Assembly, and have been hesitant to get into the newer and prettier material, this is definitely a safe place to start. I can't stop listening to it. I'm hooked.