Album Review: Delays – ‘Star Tiger Star Ariel’ (Lookout Mountain)

An album that glimmers timidly in the murk

There’s something of the perennial underachiever about indie popsters Delays that makes it impossible to really hate them. Slamming their milk-fed jangle and singer Greg Gilbert’s trademark Liz Fraser-with-a-head-cold falsetto feels every bit as wrong as stamping on the tiny heads of kittens. And the truth is, as with their three former albums, between the Killers-lite electro fluff and shoegaze flutterings lie a couple of pretty snazzy pop songs glimmering timidly in the murk. One day we’re quite sure Delays will collect these together for a thoroughly pleasant ‘Best Of’ album and all will be well with the world.

Tom Edwards

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