Friday, October 14, 2011

My Brightest Diamond

Add Date: October 11 

Artist: My Brightest Diamond 

Album: All Things Will Unwind 

Label: Asthmatic Kitty 

Genre: Rock, folk pop, chamber pop 

Comments: All Things Will Unwind is the third LP from Shara Worden, who records as My Brightest Diamond. Having seen her band perform in two starkly different settings--a seated, acoustic-oriented, pseudo-cabaret show as the headliner at a tiny venue, and as a rock band when opening for The National in a huge theater--it's no surprise to hear the convergence of several different styles on the new album. Mixing chamber pop, folk, rock and cabaret, it's another excellent effort from a brilliant musical mind.

Between her classical background and her time as a member of Sufjan Stevens' band, Worden embraces rich instrumentation, as strings, horns, woodwinds and organs freely mingle with guitars and percussion. But whereas Stevens' tunes generally hit you with the full force of an orchestra, My Brightest Diamond's arrangements are typically sparse, albeit complex affairs, leaving plenty of room for the melodies to unfold. And then there's Worden's voice--initially sweet and innocent, until her opera training kicks in and she stuns you with a burst of power.

An excellent record; spin tracks 2, 8, 4, 1 and 10.

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