Album Review: Delorentos – Night Becomes Light

As published in the Metro Herald // http://gometro.ie/2014/10/album-reviews-oct20/

DELORENTOS Night Becomes Light

(Universal) ★★★★✩

Following an album as beloved as 2012’s Little Sparks is no easy task. That release – Delorentos’ third – pushed the Dublin four-piece a few rungs up the ladder, earning them a Choice Music Prize alongside a slew of five-star reviews. It was widely regarded as a career best but in years to come, Night Becomes Light will almost certainly be a contender.

There’s a major label alliance this time around but any fears of selling out can be disregarded. Still, it’s little wonder the big boys were sniffing around when you have tunes this radio-friendly to hand.

Chief among them is lead single Show Me Love which bursts out of the traps, positively dying for its lung-burster of a chorus to be heard. It’s immediately followed by the equally insatiable Get Over It, but just as you’re expecting an album of unashamed ear-worms the band veer off in some unexpected and decidedly mature new directions. Valleys Where The River Run is a reflective camp-fire sing-along with a big heart and an even bigger message as Ross McCormick pens some of the band’s most poignant lyrics to date. Too Late, meanwhile, is a leisurely but impassioned romantic waltz that could easily replicate the slow-burning success of Little Sparks’ Petardu. With their ten-year anniversary on the horizon, Delorentos sound like a band buzzing with ideas and conviction, and one only just hitting their stride.

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