The Delgados

The Great Eastern

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Named after the renowned Glasgow landmark, now a flop-house, it's an appropriate title for a sprawling songwriting effort which elevates their expanding sound and lofty a ambitions to new heights. Taking their infatuation with the heavily orchestrated sound of Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips to its logical conclusion, they have used the Rev's Dave Fridmann to oversee production and mixing in his New York Tarbox Studios. From opener "The Past T That Suits You Best", with its stalking beats, roughed over effects, swelling brass and gliding strings its clear that the Delgados have gone for broke here. What follows only confirms it, from singer Emma Pollock's sad interpretation of an ex-girlfriend having second thoughts in "Accused Of Stealing" to the sparse country-fied tale of rejection "Make Your Move" which closes the set


1 The Past That Suits You Best
2 Accused of Stealing
3 American Trilogy
4 Reasons for Silence (Ed's Song)
5 Thirteen Gliding Principles
6 No Danger
7 Aye Today
8 Witness
9 Knowing When to Run
10 Make Your Move