My latest album review for BBC Radio Cornwall – our regional BBC station – is of the next album by Delirious?, entitled Kingdom of Comfort. It comes out on April 14.

So here’s the big question – are we building a world to suit ourselves or something that makes the world a better place for others? Is the plan to make a personal heaven or to bring a bit of God’s heaven down here on earth?
That’s the big question behind the new Delirious? Offering Kingdom of Comfort. The ninth studio album from Christian rock’s enduring British supergroup sees them come out of a challenging time with an album that refuses to just tick the boxes.
As the band’s PR says: From cancer to consumerism, five star dreams to slums and poverty made personal, Kingdom of Comfort questions everything.
And if you associate Delirious? with a charismatic knees-up then you may have to readjust your aerial. This is a powerful call for sacrifice, social justice and love born out of watching children looking for scraps on the rubbish dump they call homes in Cambodia and from engaging with education and feeding projects in the slums of Mumbai, India.
Their experience, which has been life-changing and not simply material for an album has convinced them that a society that sucks all the comfort to itself – a lust for material things and a poison of indifference – needs shaking by a God who believes in justice for all.
But their faith comes blazing through the pain – love will find a way to break through, sings Martin Smith and later, in Stare the Monster Down, asks in hope if God’s arms are strong enough to carry families coping with cancer.
If you’re expecting a hatful of instant worship songs to take into your church then this album’s not the one for you. This is a different Delirious?; born of a life-changing set of experiences but still convinced that the author of Love will find a way.
“We just can’t carry on the same way in any sphere of our lives,” says Delirious? frontman, Martin Smith. “Everywhere you go there’s a shift happening. People are evaluating what’s truly important in life, and I think our new album reflects that urgency.”
Lead guitarist Stu G adds: “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?’”
The band have been hugely influenced by a number of writers and, if you pre-order the album from the band’s website before its April 14 release date, then you get a 32-page booklet with contributions from people such as Bishop Graham Cray and Brian D McLaren.
The track God is Smiling has already been downloaded free by more than 10,000 fans from the site and, once the album goes on sale there will be two songs available as downloads to add to the dozen on the album.
Make no mistake this a different Delirious? Not better, not worse. Different. It’s three years since The Mission Bell and the journey they have been on since then has taken them into new territory – it’s not a comfortable place but you get the impression they would rather risk the adventure than stay safe.
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