1990: Reprise 9 26092-2
Delirious is such a slick and fast-flying piece of work that it quite astonishes and entrances me every time I hear it. The rest of the album has a few weak spots, nothing really bad, but nothing really to match this opening track. That Bloom moves on from it with a stately, individual epic in the form of Dreams in America is a good choice and sets the albums pacing off really well for how the rest plays outfast, slow, fast, slow, etc., generally, up to the break between the just-plain-silly An Irishman in Chinatown and the somewhat maudlin Rescue Missionthat being the end of Side 1 on the original vinyl release. From there, most of the albums second half does fail to regain the first halfs momentum and rhythm, and the stories in the songs are their chief attractions (if you can get interested in them which is kinda hard to do after that interruption of pacing). Thankfully he doesnt end the album with You Couldnt Have Come at a Better Time, which is almost frantic in its overkill of Irishness and energy to cover the fact that the song itself is too little too late: instead, we get the gorgeous instrumental closing track, which is at once atmospheric and intimate.
I love the intimacy, too, of Dreams in America, with its soaringly-sung title in skyscraper contrast to the delicate and subdued verses, with lyrics such as this:
So we curl into a little ball and rollI admit to some curiosity about what moved Bloom to write Gone to Pablothat its about Picassos widow Jacqueline Rocques suicide in 1986 is clear enough, but what sparked this into becoming a song? His websitewww.lukabloom.comoffers no answers, alas, but it does have the lyrics for the album, which the CDs slipcase did not, so thanks, Luka!
to where we lie in ecstasy
Breezes soothe our souls
Listen to the lovers fantasy
Comments © 2009 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.