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All You Need Is Hate by The Delgados

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Reviewed on 1st February 2003.


All You Need Is Hate

By The Delgados

"Hate is everywhere, inside your mother's heart you will find it there."

Cheery bunch the delgados. Much like Warren Zevon, the downbeat lyrics are countered by a bright and chirpy, melodic party, the kind where you feel all are welcome to sing and clap along. Starting with gentle strings, rolling timpani and tinkling piano this offering from 4th long player "Hate" soon kicks into big pounding drums that drive everything along whilst a warm wave of strings and the catchy vocal melody keep everybody smiling.

You're invited to a party where everybody is smiling, no need to bring a bottle "hate is all you need". A perfect slice of pop that will leave you wanting another taste of the cake.

Backed with the almost trip-hop 'Mad Drums' , aptly named due to the fractured beats that make up the backbone of the song whilst Emma (taking over main vocal duties from Alun) weaves a reverb heavy vocal. A cover of ELO's 'Mr Blue Sky' is another pop stomp-along that drops out into an almost Carpenters esque chorus. The kind of track that would certainly get the kids bouncing along should the delgados choose to play it live.



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On 16th September 2004 at 18:09 Anonymous 83 wrote...

Cool. Shame they're not playing Leeds this tour - saw them at the City Varieties on the Hate 2002 jaunt. Why is this??


On 16th September 2004 at 23:46 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Dunno, Leeds seems to get missed out quite often. Probably cos most agents try book bands for Leeds Uni now yet most bands have come to realise it's a shite venue with terrible sound and zero atmosphere. Bring back the T&C.



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