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The recording has a bright, punchy mid-1980's sound, courtesy of producer Mike Shipley (who engineered for producer Mutt Lange of AC/DC, Def Leppard, Cars fame). Some of the keyboard tones have not aged well, but Brian Tatler's guitar is crisp and Sean Harris' voice is clear. Arguably overwrought backing vocals fit well on some cuts, but are distracting on others.
Makin' Music - Grade B: The first U.K. single release from the album. Lyrics full of "rocking for the good of mankind"-type cheese; like a mild version of "It's Electric" off LTTN, but the chiming guitar intro and odd ascending riff leading to what is essentially an "a cappella" chorus make this tune unlike anything Diamond Head had done before.
Out of Phase - Grade B+: Jangling acoustic guitar intro joined by Harris's heartfelt voice, then everybody else piles on, including overbearing backing vocals. There must be a half-dozen time and key changes in this little ditty. The second single released in the U.K., it'd get an "A" if not for the obnoxious backup singing.
Kingmaker - Grade B+: It takes a few listens to fully appreciate this one. The sound of a castle drawbridge or something like it opens this slow but complex track; complex almost to a fault. The lyrics contain possible historical references, but with only a handful of lines in the entire song it's hard to know for sure. Time changes and turns abound and the backing vocals actually work here. Even better, Tatler burns a hole right through the middle with an extended, Schenker-esque solo.Read more ›
While Lightning To The Nations was heavy and epic, Borrowed Time and Canterbury still had some longer songs and progressive/artsy elements. The (partial) reunion of the band in the 90s and on has seen 3 more albums which are in more of a mainstream vein - short, 3 minute songs with lyrics about more everyday themes. There's still some nice guitar playing, but the sound is a mix of classic and modern hard rock elements rather than underground metal.
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Presumably because this album had such a different sound from Borrowed Time and Lightning for the Nations, Canterbury has been panned over the years. But.... Read morePublished on May 5, 2011 by Seineseeker
This album took Diamond Head into another sound, one that is clearly a forerunner of Alice in Chains "Dirt," particularly the song "Would" which has its beat lifted from a track on... Read morePublished on March 11, 2009 by ike
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