Delirious?

Album Title: Kingdom of Comfort
Release Date: April 14, 2008
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Genre: Rock
Littlehampton, UK has surely made a name for itself with its greatest export, the band Delirious? Stu G’s priceless guitar hooks and lead vocalist Martin Smith’s poignant lyrics make this an equally accessible album when compared to their last studio release, 2005's The Mission Bell. Delirious? are very much an anthem band, motivating the listener to remove their headphones and “love upward and outward.” Yet there is a lot of intimacy in Smith’s lyrics, they’re visual prayers, such as in “Eagle Rider” with “Gentle as a butterfly in a violent hurricane/I feel the spirit’s breath free me from the net/Flying from captivity/And the life I called a wreck/I hear the spirit speak a voice behind my eyes/It’s time for a brand new song to sing now/I’m saying my goodbyes/.”

The title track “Kingdom of Comfort” reminds me of James 1:3-4 which says, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” The emphasis in “Kingdom of Comfort” is to be longsuffering (aka patient) in getting to a point of wanting nothing the world has to offer more than wanting Christ. It’s about a stripping away of idols from latte's to video games, anything that consumes our day more than Christ needs to be given second standing; something the band must have discovered on their recent trip to India. “God is Smiling” has a great bass line and Smith’s vocals shine brightest on this song. Overall, Kingdom of Comfort is another insightful release for the book-read and the rock-ready.


Writer: Lindsay Whitfield


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