<b style=”margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; “>By Sean Wendell Kingdom of Comfort raises the bar of what you expect from a Delirious? album, in spite of the band's award-winning, veteran status. The theme of this album is one of action and mission – clearly telling the listener that by reaching out to the poor and hungry you show God’s love to them. “Playing in places like India makes us think about how we distribute our finances and how we’re living our lives,” frontman Martin Smith says. “It’s imperative that we reach out and be a friend to the poor. That’s the only way that God’s light will shine upon us.”
“Seeing children looking for scraps on the rubbish dump they call homes in Cambodia and the education and feeding projects in the slums of Mumbai really had an impact on us,” says lead guitarist Stu G. “It wasn’t possible to simply proceed with business as usual. We had to ask ourselves, ‘What am I building? A kingdom of comfort? Or a kingdom of heaven?’ ”
On Kingdom of Comfort, Delirious? has truly become a “guitar band”, guitar leads the songs and the other instruments support it. The song “Give What You Got” is a perfect example of this new, raw, guitar-driven sound. Guitarist Stu G breaks a lot of new ground throughout the album. Even with the guitar focus, you can tell from the title track “Kingdom of Comfort” that you’re in for a lot of surprises. It’s sparse acoustic guitar, rhythm loop and voice combination give the track room to build and allows you to focus on the lyrics. The guitars, bass and drums drive this album and the keyboards of Tim Jupp give the songs depth. It amazes me how different these songs would sound without his parts in them, Jupp's work takes a great album and puts it over the top. All of the songs are well constructed with catchy, but unpredictable melodies. Martin Smith’s vocals have a raw energy that is infectious. Jon Thatcher’s bass lines are the perfect foundation. Stew Smith’s drumming is rock and roll perfection.
Some of the highlights of the album are:
“How Sweet the Name” is a simple, beautiful song with an unexpected ending. I was so moved by it I couldn’t resist sitting down to figure out the chord changes.
“My Soul Sings” could be a study on electric guitar counterpoint. The intricate counter melodies take you to a spiritual space where your soul can truly sing, “Open my eyes and see, the wonderful mystery, of love.”
“God is Smiling” reminds us that when we share the love of God with others, God smiles. The chorus sticks in your head. You will find yourself singing it later in the day.
Kingdom of Comfort is a must-own for Delirious? fans and anyone who likes a good guitar rock album. The boys leave you pumped up and ready to go out and change the world by sharing the love of God with others.