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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sensory Records
  • ASIN: B007IX00ZC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Diablo Swing Orchestra has been thrilling worldwide audiences with their audacious blend of metal, opera, and swing jazz. Spice it up even further with a bit of spaghetti-western soundtrack and you ve got an eclectic mix unlike any other band on the planet. The Swedish band s third album finds them with an expanded lineup featuring the addition of two horn players. One thing is certain; Pandora s Pinata is guaranteed to be a wild high-energy musical ride.

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Diablo Swing Orchestra could be Tim Burton s dream band. --Outburn

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Chances are though, if you are considering buying this album, you already know how great they are, and this album does not disappoint fans.
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The rhythm is interesting, the melodies are interesting, the accompaniment is interesting, the singing is interesting.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 23, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This album, Pandora's Pinata, is an excellent album to pick up if you are new to Diablo Swing Orchestra (DSO). It has a little of everything on it, from Celtic inspired strings, pop stylings, to sitar leading melodies to the hard driving heavy metal mixed with swing style tropes. There is no easy way to describe the style of music, and not every song is for every person. However, in the words of DSO themselves, "One of the most common comment we get is: I showed you to my mom/granny/aunt/grandpa and they actually liked it. So it turns out we make music for the elderly". While the majority of the music they make probably isn't included in this statement, it is quite possible that certain songs very much cross generations. I just don't always suggest grandma listen to in depth to some of the (clean and yet dark in theme) lyrics.

This album, of the three, is the most polished. The (not-so) secret surprise of the band is the trained operatic voice of female lead, Annlouice Loegdlund, who in past albums has had a piercing tone to her voice. In this album, she is near perfect, which is not only kudos to her, but the mix team that mastered this work. Sadly, the genius and insanity of former drummer, Andreas Halvardsson, is not evident on this album. The drummer who has stepped up is more than adequate and is in fact quite good, but Mr. Halvardsson had a demonic energy and an ability to choose just the right sound to balance the insanity made by his bandmates. And, oh, the bandmates! Using lush strings, brassy trumpets, trombones, a bass line that is incredible and understated in this album, heavy metal guitars, keyboards, a demented song smith... Oh, and every voice is used as an instrument.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alx Dark on May 25, 2012
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My favorite band of the last ten years. This is an energetic third album from DSO with an even wider range of genre hopping/fusion than prior albums (if that's even possible), still with a strong metal undercurrent. This is the best produced of the three albums, a sonic wonderland from start to finish.

If you're already a DSO fan, you will love this album as much as their prior releases. If you've never heard them, their first album is available free and legal on the Internet and gives an ample introduction to the wonderful craziness of this band's music. Their next two albums are absolutely as good or better, and I am guessing you will be coming back to purchase them!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diabolical_Jazz on September 2, 2012
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Alright, I know people tend to throw around phrases like, "The greatest album ever made."
And yes, that's going to by hyperbole no matter how much you mean it.

When I say that Pandora's Pinata is the greatest album ever made, however, I mean it as much as humanly possible.

This is the Diablo Swing Orchestra's third album. The first album was called The Butcher's Ballroom, and the second was Singalong Songs for the Damned and Delirious.

If you have never heard the Diablo Swing Orchestra before, they are a swing-jazz/heavy metal band with opera vocals on most of their songs. They might, to a passive listener or someone otherwise not-paying-attention, come off as a gimmick band. You might listen to them and say, "Ho ho, that's cute."
But further inspection reveals a tremendous amount of depth and thought that go into each song. The composition is flawless.

Now, let's talk about how freaking BIG these songs are. Because they're big. Opera has always been a bombastic style of music, as has heavy metal. The Diablo Swing Orchestra combines them to flawless effect, creating tremendous crescendos. And with their classical and jazz composition, their songs tend to have a dynamic that really emphasizes those parts, by having quieter, mellower parts before them. Not in a formulaic way, mind you. Each song's dynamic is different. The quiet parts are also beautifully written.

There's really nothing bad to say about this album. If you hate opera, then that's really the only reason you might not like this. And even then, several songs don't have opera vocals on them. Also, if you hate fun, I guess.

Buy this album, and support this band!
They make some of the most well-composed, fun, unique music in the world, and they're only getting better.
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Most bands settle for a sound, a genre, a feel, or maybe even a general mood. DSO doesn't settle. The sheer amount of styles stuffed into this single album, all delivered with incredible skill, and just a hint of talent, work to make it one of the best albums I've ever listened to.
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By M. Lampen on February 17, 2014
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This is easily one of the strangest bands I've listened to. The combination of hard rock and swing, plus a little opera and techno creates an interesting musical style that I've not heard anywhere else. I really like the vast majority of the songs on this album, but the songs with heavy brass are my favorite.

This band is definitely not for everyone, but if you're looking for something different and you like brass music, then you should definitely give it a listen.
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Okay...try this description. It might not fit quite right but it's the best I can come up with.

This is like Orzic Tentacles, Rush, Porcupine Tree, Metallica, Jean Luc Ponty, David Byrne, Thomas Dolby, Steve Vai, Zappa, 70's Genesis and Yes, a Swedish Prog Band with Celtic influence and a female singer...(add in your favorite here)...all got together in an orgy of music and the results were fantastic.

Some great musicianship combined with all sorts of influences. Rock, Jazz, Prog, Classical, Opera, Tango and Flamenco...you name it. Best find in quite a while.
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