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Fabulous Diamonds

II

(Chapter Music; US: 19 Jul 2010; UK: 19 Jul 2010)

Hypnotic, or just repetitive?

Australia’s Fabulous Diamonds certainly don’t believe in hurrying into anything. It takes six and a half minutes of thumping drum and droning keyboards before singer/drummer Nisa Venerosa makes her first vocal appearance on “1”, the opening number from the duo’s second album, “II”. (I’m seeing a trend here.) Listening to the 12-plus minutes of this song is something of a litmus test: will you get impatient and yank the disc in favor of something livelier, or will you allow yourself to get sucked in to its spacey, droney stew?


Venerosa’s bandmate, Jarrod Zlatic, provides the other sounds on the record besides voice and drums. Those sounds tend to be of the keyboard variety. The five songs here total 33 minutes and are rife with chanted vocals and repetitive, interwoven synth lines. Depending on the litmus test mentioned above, the listener will find them either hypnotic or maddeningly dull. Me, I fall onto the “hypnotic” side of that equation, but if Venerosa had a stronger voice, it would be an easier argument to make.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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