Review Rewind: Delirious – Glo

Do you remember where you were the first time you heard Delirious’ 2000 album Glo?

It was 3 days after my 19th birthday and I had gone home to Palestine, TX to visit family and friends.  I was hanging out in my friend Micah’s garage with Micah and our buddy Colt (We were always trying to form a band at that point in time) and we were listening to this brand new album out by this obscure British worship rock band called Deliriou5 (spelled with a “5” for an “s.”  Micah played the first track on the CD player and we were mesmerized.

I had never heard anything like it before.  At that time in my Christian walk I had banned all non-Christian music from my library and thus had not heard of groups like Radiohead and U2 (Wait, did you just subtly say that U2 is not a Christian band?  Yes — I did).  So, Deliriou5 was my first experience with etherial and intelligent british alternative rock/pop.

And it was excellent music.

AND IT WAS CHRIST-CENTERED!!!

The first track, God, you are my God, hooked me with its Gregorian chant loops and shredding guitars.  By the time I got to My Glorious, the 7th track, I was addicted to the album.  I seriously listened to the album on repeat for the rest of 2000 (three months) and for a good portion of the following five years.  It is probably to most influential album on my Christian walk, next to Jesus Freak by DC Talk.

Each time I listened to it I wondered how Christian music that got started with cheeseball tunes like this and this ended up with something so transcendent as Deliriou5. It blew my mind and gave me hope that there could be good Christian music out there.

Furthermore, not only was Glo a wonderful piece of rock art, it drove me to be more of a worshipper and follower of Jesus.  I remember thinking, “If my church played worship music with this much creativity and excellence then I would be pushing for 2 and 3-hour worship services.”

If you have not listened to Deliriou5′ Glo, you can sample it here.  I heartily recommend purchasing it for your own development as a worshipper of God.

About Doug Hankins

Although not a Christian in his youth, Doug came to believe in Jesus during his teenage years. When not playing sports or pastoring Doug is probably spending time with his wife, reading a good book, or drinking some hot tea. Doug's first book Dawson Trotman: In His Own Words is available wherever books are sold. You can follow Doug on twitter.
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4 Responses to Review Rewind: Delirious – Glo

  1. Just finished number 23 out of 30 classes for my MDiv – feels good

    • Doug Hankins says:

      Congrats. Keep going. Finish strong.

      • Rana says:

        sebner, I clolpetemy sympathize with you. Believe it or not, having been taught to think theologically, and having been taught how I’m supposed to discuss theology, and which issues I’m supposed to value, I’ve found out in the process that too often we clolpetemy miss the point!!! If theology exists to discuss it for the sake of obtaining truth’ as if it is something to be held in a box and brought out when I need to be right,’ then I’m not sure if I care to discuss theology ever again. Then again, if it is something which leads us to Truth (i.e. Jesus the person, not the idea) then lets talk!!! I’ve experienced the debate side of theology, where discussion exists so that one person can become more confident in the way they possess the certain truth,’ while the other person is supposed to become convinced of their wrongdoing and repent of their view. I’ve also experienced the energizing way of talking about theology which after all, SHOULD truly lead us to a better way of living for each other and living for God and that kind of discussing, while it certainly has it’s disagreements, also has an energizing aspect that invites others to challenge and be challenged so that we can all try to get closer to Truth, not possess it. I also agree that hashing it out’ is not the way to go about talking theology. You couldn’t be more right about choosing our debates. Then again, even the issue of women in ministry’ can be either an opportunity to build the people of God into a people that follows closely to Jesus, or it can be one which simply causes disagreement and withdrawl between the Christian community. In talking, we strive to understand Someone who cannot and will not be confined to our language, to our conceptualization, and to our statements. But I’m also glad that while our talking will NEVER do justice to the reality of who God is, it will hopefully drive us closer to being the people of God who learns to love Him better, love each other better, and love the world better. That’s why talking is worth the disagreement, and that is why debating can become worthless!

        • Ignacio says:

          Dear AOW,I suffered about two Sundays in an Orthodox PC. That was very srolthy after I trusted Christ as my Savior in a super clear Free Grace church.. My wife and I were naively trying to find a church closer to home and this one had lots of friends who shared my Conservative bent.. After the AM service, the Chairman of the County Republican and Chairman and fellow member of the Rep. Executive Committee (a prominent attorney) and his wife came tripping up behind us, patted me on the back and shouted loudly, Hi Jack, glad to see you, Isn’t it wonderful that God has seen fit to choose us to be saved!! I mean loud and in a crowd!!.They loaded us up with Calvinist books, etc.. I then realized that church was no different than my family Calvinist Presbyterian Church from which I departed as an unsaved teenager 15 or so years earlier.Thankfully the Lord gave me enough discernment that their QPC teaching abrogated the Biblical whosoever wills and passages such as: And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2Thankfully we never went back.Thanks for the interesting conversation.. Y’all have a blessed Christmas.BTW, I still visit your blog often and have wondered what ever happened to your friend The Merry Widow?In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

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