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Damien Taylor (Bjork, The Killers, Prodigy, UNKLE, Robyn), Free Dimensional transcends boundaries, taking
new wave and glam influences and giving them an edgy contemporary spin. With a debut album universally acclaimed
at Pitchfork, SPIN and others, Diamond Rings have upped the game on his second album, with state-of-the-art production
and infectious heartfelt songs.
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Most outstanding standout would have to be "Put Me On", which cruises along magnificently and includes not only some of the album's best lyrics but a great guitar solo as well. Also worthy of adoration and acclaim is tasty little pop tart "A To Z", a delightful confection you might find yourself craving for some time, and right there you've got the two best Diamond Rings songs to date, but I'm not done. "Stand My Ground" is one more slice of happiness with a cool pre-chorus on top whose lyric "... painting rainbows 'til I run out of sky" makes an already fantastic song just that much more so. Free Dimensional also allows Diamond Rings to showcase his rap skills once again, but unlike "Show Me Your Stuff", the raps aren't forced but rather seamlessly inserted with "(I Know) What I'm Made Of" having the best one.
Bolstered by the aforementioned upgrades in the production department, Diamond Rings shines brighter than ever on all fronts. He's quite simply outdone himself and surpassed all expectations with no further convincing needed. Diamond Rings is for real, and this is a star-making album. / RATING: Excellent!
If Diamond Rings comes to a city where you're at you gotta see him live because he sounds great live and he puts on a great show!
This music has a really solid sound. Each song is different, including the vocals. (Listen to the first tune, "Everything Speaks", and that deep crawling voice and then try the '80s-esque synth sweetness that is "All the Time" and tell me how many artists can flip around like that on a single album today.) There are also unapologetic love songs all over the place. The entire work is poppy and generally fun, but with notes of yearning or loneliness ("I'm Just Me" sounds out in this category). Love finding an album and a musician who doesn't sound like anyone else out there. None of this monotone dead-voiced imitation Nick Drake singing or the ridiculous note carrying stuff that's so popular these days. (But if you strain hard, you'll probably see some influence from Erasure.)
And like some artists that are pretty popular these days, his "look" isn't just a performance.
But enough about what Diamond Rings isn't.
What this musician is: fantastic.
And buy that first album if you haven't already.
Canada's John O'Regan. Here he has traded in the charming amateurism of 2010's "Special
Affections" for a more generic, professional polish. Regan's voice still carries it's addictive,
haunting tone, but the repetitive predictability of the music can be annoying. Some of the more
uptempo tunes seem a bit too Donna Summer-ized for clubland; creating an over-amplified,
dance floor, drum machine atmosphere that detracts from the power of his vocals. Still, some of
the songs are well worth a listen. Musically, it's in the Human League, Heaven 17, Gary Numan
school, with a voice that recalls David Bowie, Roderick Falconer.
I think the image is perfected as is the music is much more polished but I think the lyrics are really lacking.
My favorite song is 5. I'm Just Me, it's a really good anthem song.
Oh and while I'm going on about things on this recording, he really shouldn't rap it's just not good.
Over all I feel this one has less spirit and heart than Special Affections does.
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great new artist- saw them open for OMD and loved them- the cd and vinyl are great. Best new artist i've heard in many yearslPublished 18 months ago by music man
The pop of the cover art originally caught my attention, but after listening to the samples I knew immediately that this album was for me. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Katie
I went to see them open for omd and was impressed. Got this cd and realized the sound is much fuller and complete than the previous album. Way catch tunes. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by juspain
I really enjoyed this album. It's old school synthesizer pop and it's a lot of fun to listen to. The lyrics are the expected campiness "I won't forget not to forget you. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Josh
This band or just guy is the absolute best. I love, love, love this CD!! I don't dislike anything and would recommend this album to everyone with ears or who can enjoy the beats. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by MoCo_SA
I had high hopes for this album after hearing his first. It does not disappoint. If you enjoyed the first, you'll likely enjoy this one.Published on March 3, 2013 by Greg
Beautiful packaging and a couple of strong tracks made this a fine purchase for me (discount priced). Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Avi Ewer
Had his CD before this one and loved it, love this one even more. I bought two copies of this one because I'm giving one as a gift. Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by E. Esqueda