Review - Poem

Artist: Delerium

You'd think a former industrial-music mogul such as Front Line Assembly's Bill Leeb would be drummed out of the rivetheads union for life because of the work he's done under the name Delerium. Originally conceived as the ambient alter-ego of Front Line Assembly's digitized rage, Delerium figured out a thing or two about pop-song dynamics with the success of the Sarah McLachlan-sung "Silence" from its last album, "Karma." With "Poem," Leeb completes his slow transformation into an innocuous new-age groove merchant.

Leeb veers toward the Gothic kitsch of Enigma and Deep Forest with tracks like "Terra Firma" and "Temptation." "Poem" is well made, but it's also sappy and clichéd. There is an academic interest in listening to songs Leeb wrote sung by the likes of Matthew Sweet and Sixpence None the Richer's Leigh Nash. But it all suggests that Leeb has become part of the machine he once morbidly inveighed against.