Farewell Show inspires a lot of mixed emotions within me. It is, after all, the last concert from Delirious, a true pioneer in modern worship music and arguably the best worship band on the planet. But at least they went out in fine form, consistently delivering great music in a career that nearly spanned two decades (though they didn’t really achieve worldwide success until 1997).
And yet, do we really need another live album from this band? Farewell Show is the seventh concert recording in Delirious’ seventeen year career. I think only Dave Matthews Band has released more live albums in their career, but at least they can (almost) justify an annual concert album with their varied arrangements, set lists, and improvisational jams.
This live recording has no new album to promote and there’s really nothing that hasn’t been heard before on other Delirious concert albums. Seriously, how many times can we listen to “History Maker” performed virtually the same way for the last ten years, right down to Martin Smith’s inspirational spiel in the middle of the song? The greatest weakness of Farewell Show is it has nothing new or creative to offer—in many ways, it’s just another concert.