The Delicious have released a few good-natured EP?s recently, but this is their eponymous full-length debut. The quartet from Bloomington Indiana will appeal to both math-rock and harmony/hook driven pop, though their approach may not appeal to all. The band?s singer, David Woodruff, delivers the goods with an ironic snarkyness; fans of They Might Be Giants or Weezer rejoice. Non-fans may find it too alternately cute and cloying after awhile.
?one Leg? and ?the Hand-model Waltz,? while also bopping around in nerd-dom, work because of the hooks. Other, less successful tracks, like ?Untitled? and ?Math? are overwhelmed by the hip wordplay and aw-shucks smartass delivery.
To be more than a joke band, or a band that people feel good about when they hear one song on the radio but would never sit through a whole release, The Delicious might do well to focus on their obvious knack for sharp, catchy arrangements, and re-think the writing. We get it; songs about cereal or corn syrup are just so goofy and cool. But what is really Delicious is music that isn?t so self-conscious. 5/10 -- Mike Wood (29 April, 2008)