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.