A thread for all of the reviews of the new album!
First up, Cameron Adams at news.com.au - totally glowing review:
WINGS OF THE WILD
[The House of OZ/SONY]
MAYBE it was turning 30. Or maybe it was being trolled for being herself. But something’s changed with Delta Goodrem.
Her fifth album is her best one since the teenager who charmed millions with her bare feet and bare emotions with her debut Innocent Eyes in 2003. After a four year break between albums Wings of the Wild is her most confident and empowered release.
It’s also full of unexpected moments, a mix of risks and experiments no one saw coming. How about Australia’s sweetheart singing “I took that loaded gun, forgive what I have done” on The River, a swamp-pop tale of busting an unfaithful boyfriend in the act and “shooting him down”. It’s her Rolling in the Deep meets Daddy Lessons, co-written and produced by Evanescence’s David Hodges and demonstrates in three minutes that 15 years into her career she’s still able to surprise.
See also Enough — the least Delta-like single of her career but a masterstroke. Rather than get Pitbull or FloRida to phone in a costly micro rap, Goodrem found upcoming US female rapper Gizzle, who gets to perform not only the first verse you hear but also narrate the bulk of the story. In an era of pop stars playing it safe to make hits deliberately for radio this is a dramatic event song with some of Goodrem’s most potent vocals. And it’s still wildly catchy. There’s also wailing metal-style guitar and Goodrem’s trademark plaintive piano — this is her Battle Scars and pulls off that rare trick of impressing both her true believers and potential new believers.
Lyrically Enough touches on the recurring theme here — Delta coming out fighting. Maybe it’s a dodgy ex, maybe she’s done being a soft target for anonymous internet haters. “No matter what I do I’m not breaking for you,” she states on Enough.
That defiant mindset fuels the album’s pounding heart, Feline. A fired-up Goodrem sings “everywhere you turn there’s another torch that burns, it doesn’t hurt me anymore ... you woke up the animal and I’m never going back, I’m the leader of the pack.”
Musically it’s unlike anything she’s done before — picture Florence and the Machine’s Arabian nightclub — an immense live string section, booming beats and a jumbo chorus. It is her ‘I am woman, hear me roar’ moment.
You’ll also hear her raw — Heavy is one of her darkest ballads to date, Goodrem’s rarely sounded so bruised and broken, or sang so rapidly as the rapid-fire verse at the end. Last year’s intimate but intense Only Human finds a fitting home here, I’m Not Giving Up sees co-writer Dave Bassett (Elle King’s Ex’s and Oh’s) help create an fiery anthem as Goodrem serves up affirmations after some of the previous doubt and hurt.
Just Call recalls the bouncy swagger of Emeli Sande’s Next to Me, but with turbo percussion, In the Name of Love comes from local team DNA and sits nicely alongside Wings; another pop banger with piano, beats and huge vocals in the chorus.
Indeed, Wings now pinpoints a seismic shift with Goodrem — morphing her trademark sound into new styles and embracing the chameleon aspect of modern pop.
Her longest musical collaborator, Vince Pizzinga, gets many moments to shine here while Goodrem takes more control than ever, co-producing many tracks and even releasing it on her own boutique label imprint.
Her reimagining of the Darkness’ I Believe in a Thing Called Love is a triumph — originally recorded for her brother’s wedding it turns the glam rock beast into a stunning piano lament with Goodrem’s sky high vocals up there with Justin Hawkins’ wail calls.
Famous since she was 16, Delta’s already grown up in front of the entire country — this just makes it official on a musical level.
Sounds like: Delta: woman
In a word: empowered.
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/mu ... 6a011467fa