Boomkat Product Review:
Shara Worden has a university degree in opera. Presumably that's something that's directly informed her music - it certainly seems to have stood her in good stead for grandiose orchestral flamboyance like 'Ice And Storm', the second track on her new album as the creative driving force behind My Brightest Diamond. Worden's debut album Bring Me The Workhorse came after her tenure as a member of Sufjan Stevens' touring band, and followed on from study time under the supervision of composer (and Clogs contributor) Padma Newsome. All the experience, training and musical apprenticeship has really paid off on A Thopusand Shark's Teeth, Worden's second album and a statement of immense musical ambition. The sheer scale and eloquence of this music is breathtaking - you'd never think this was from the same record label responsible for delivering the latest claustrophobic, bedroom bound alt-country emissions of Castanets. The size and scope of this music challenges the proportions of even Joanna Newsom's Ys LP, taking on symphonic dynamics without ever being crushed by them, largely thanks to the incredible strength and presence of Worden's voice. Stretched across an entire album, you might contract a light dose of orchestra fatigue, but it's worth your while persisting with A Thousand Shark's Teeth; there's undeniably something special at work.