It was a piece of unswerving beauty from a Glaswegian band who had shown promise but never on this level. The album appeared at the turn of the century and was suitably epic in its approach. It was bedecked in grand gestures (Dave Fridmann produced), lush string sections and gorgeous boy/girl vocals. Neither Emma Pollock nor Alun Woodward would ever repeat the magic (later albums were still pretty impressive) and it’s understandable because ‘The Great Eastern’ had 10 faultless tracks. Opening number ‘The Past That Suits You Best’ needs to be tamed but it will eventually pull you in. The emotion is tangible with the uneven tempo playing dangerous games with your heart. Sometimes it makes me tear up when the strings kick in at the end. And on another Delgados thread, has there ever been a sweeter song recorded than ‘Everything Goes Around The Water’? See a link for the video below and prepare to swoon. KD
The Delgados – The Past That Suits You Best
Watch The Video To Everything Goes Around The Water
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It’s one of the best records of all time.
I love the Delgados…they were my favourite scottish band of all time, and this is from what is undoubtedly my favourite scottish album ever…. Chemikal Underground were a big influence on me doing 17 Seconds Records.