Delirious? - The Mission Bell

Published Wednesday 28th September 2005
Delirious? - The Mission Bell
Delirious? - The Mission Bell

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13788-9774
RELEASE DATE: 2005-11-07
RRP: £1.00

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Their eighth studio album which surprisingly, considering its strong Jesus message, got a fairly enthusiastic review in Q. So have the d:boys delivered an album up there with 'King Of Fools'? I'd say they have, thanks to some magnificent new compositions from Mr Smith, some sonic wizardry from Kiwi producer Sam Gibson and an open-hearted vulnerability and Holy Spirit boldness which permeates the whole project. Probably the track which will get the most immediate attention is the pulsating rocker "Paint The Town Red" which starts off like a snarly garage band from an American one horse town before developing into an anthemic "here we go" arm puncher which will no doubt enliven stadium crowds for years to come. The tracks that drew me in were the eerie, solemn "Take Off My Shoes" where over an ebowed guitar Martin sings in that mood of tremulous poignancy only he can emanate. Then there's a breathtaking "All This Time" where an undulating guitar pattern kicks off an arrangement which leaves vistas of reverberating space before it suddenly explodes into a rock solid chorus, followed by a HEAVY guitar then cuts away again. Sam and the boys are to be congratulated with such an explosive rock 'n' roll dynamics. Ear-catching tracks don't stop there - the opener "Stronger" which I recently heard on a soon-to-be-released Narnia Chronicles compilation has grown on me while "Miracle Maker" from its voice and piano intro to its shimmering climax is a no holds barred celebration of the holiness of God. Fans will also want to take note of "Solid Rock", which features a rap by TobyMac. 'The Mission Bell' rings out with a defiant note of faith in these troubled times. It will surely resonate in the hearts of tens of thousands.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Becky in @ 10:33 on Oct 25 2007

Hey are these guys palying ANYWHERE around Ireland soon?!"?"?"?

Posted by Noémie Peltier in in craon, france @ 15:11 on Oct 24 2007

je trouve que delirious son extraordinaire et j'aime tout praticulièrement leur chanson "Our god Reigns".
Et bonne continuation à eu pour la suite.
Good luck and tank you.

Posted by D. Bruce Lapham, Jr. in Everett, Washington @ 12:53 on May 5 2007

I saw D? in Everett in March. One of the best concerts I ever saw, and I've seen Yes, Genesis, Who, etc. They played a lot of the songs from this album. I'm 51 but I was jumping up and down with the kids. My daughter went with me. she insisted we buy the new live dvd/cd, which is fabulous. Now I'm a big fan. I'll have to get this "Mission Bell" album, too.

Posted by inter.des in mexico @ 18:23 on Dec 8 2006

itis the best band, I need the letter of song Rainw Donw
Thank you

Posted by sandra Torres @ 17:02 on Oct 27 2006

I need the letter of song Miracle Maker of Delirious.
Thank you.

Posted by Paulo in Colombia @ 15:19 on Jul 22 2006

Delirious is the best band ever! However, and even though I like The mission bell really much, is not their best album. I wish they do something like GLO, my favourite disc of all the times.. Anyway, thay are awesome and htey are doing great things all around the world

Posted by ERIKA in SAN ANTONIO, TX USA @ 19:08 on Jul 17 2006

This is a great album!!! WHERE ARE THE REAL D: FANS???!!!! I'd rather listen to music that is being sung to god from the heart than to music that is coming from the mouth to please people!!! Delirious you rock!!!!!

Posted by Bernie Moreno in Bartlett, IL USA @ 19:01 on Jun 19 2006

When I first got the album & listened late that night, I wasn't impressed & shelved it. A couple of months later, in a louder mood, I gave it another go at substantially elevated levels & realized that the initial problem was purely environmental (kids were asleep!). To all those complaining that this one is weak, I would suggest dumping that 10 yr old 30W receiver. D? are still cutting edge and raw (hello?... those who didn't support as brick-thick an album as Touch/AudioLessonover!), maybe you just need to learn to appreciate a superior mix as well.

Posted by Jonathan in East Sussex @ 22:26 on May 31 2006

This is a top quality album from the d:boys and shows how creative and anointed this band are. They have by no means lost their edge! I still think that Glo is the best Delirious? album to date but this one is up there with the best of them! The album is bursting with Christ-centered lyrics and anointed melodies. You guys have not lost it and still create awesome albums and songs to bless the Church!
Keep rockin d:boys and serving God with all that you have
God Bless,

Posted by Jude in england @ 16:14 on May 8 2006

hey ! delerious r an ace band n they do awesome music lol luvin the new album hehe

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