Release dates being chopped, changed, pushed back (and these days increasingly pushed forward, thanks to the big bad word of music piracy) is of course not a particularly rare occurrence and for the most part depends on circumstances completely out with the artist's control. Lily Of The Valley, the debut record from Ireland's Funeral Suits was finished early last year, produced by Stephen Street of The Smiths and Blur fame (about as safe a pair of hands as you're likely to get), the band due to a variety of 'proper, legitimate reasons' have been patiently waiting until now for their debut LP to finally see the light of day. Eighteen months is an eternity in pop music, and one can only imagine how agoinsing the wait must have been for these four young chaps. However credit where credits due, despite a lengthy wait they stuck at it and I'm glad to say for the most part Lily Of The Valley has been, just about, worth the wait.

Although the record is not revolutionary, nor would it have been even if had been released a year and a half ago. It is however a very solid debut release; heartfelt and sincere, brimming with a variety of well conceived ideas. The band have a genuine knack for crafting big, epic, extravagant guitar moments complimented throughout by intelligent electronic arrangements. Album highlight 'All Those Friendly People' being a prime example. Uplifting lush electronics and an infectious bass line help create something gloriously anthemic. It's a festival 'moment' waiting to happen. Previous single 'Colour Fade' despite its simplicity is deliciously catchy pop.

There are more tender and vulnerable moments on the record and these too work well. On 'We Only Attack Ourselves' overblown arrangements are replaced by an acoustic guitar and violin. Stripped back and sparse the band are still compelling, the track a thing of mysterious and haunted beauty.

Lily Of The Valley isn't perfect. 'Adventures Misadventures' feels forced and unnatural, compared to the vast majority of the well focused and intelligently constructed tracks. Thankfully it is just about the only weak link in an otherwise engaging and intriguing first effort. Funeral Suits may have had to endure a frustrating year, but the thought of what they may have been doing in the meantime is an exciting prospect. It's a very worthwhile debut, which hints at exciting things to come for the band. In this case, some things are definitely worth waiting for.