I had always felt that LILITU had been dealt a bad hand. Their previous release, “Memorial” was one that I thought would help the band attain the next plateau in their career, and while I suppose in some respects it did, it didn’t help them in the way I thought. However, now with their new release and a little boost from The End, perhaps this is their time.
“The Delores Lesion”, however, is not the follow up that I was quite hoping for. Although structurally everything seems to be in place, the vibe that was present before is lacking. Whereas before the music was drenched in a sombre, melancholic atmosphere, now that veil has been lifted, and while the music is still somewhat dark, it suffers somewhat from the polished feeling that layers the disc.
On the plus side though, LILITU have grown as a band, composing more intricate songs, and are performing tighter as a band. The overall performance on the “The Delores Lesion” is more impressive than it has been in the past, including a few well executed solos here and there. The vocals still have the same depth and emotion as before, but with a little bit more emphasis on the harsher vocals this time around, which is also slightly disappointing, as the interplay between the clean and harsh vocals was one of the elements that made “Memorial” so good.
For all of its faults though, “The Delores Lesion” is still a solid CD. LILITU were careful not to stray to far from their style on “Memorial” but changed just enough not to be accused of copying the album. The cleaner production just might be what they need to get a few more fans as well. (Online October 14, 2004)