Boomkat Product Review:
Theatrical pop is not usually a genre I'm drawn to - there's something about combining operatic and classical elements with pop songs that rarely seems to work, Antony and the Johnsons managed it somehow and Final Fantasy attempted to bring these influences into the gaze of the leftfield, but it still manages to skirt the outer-edges of good taste on most occasions. My Brightest Diamond is the project of vocalist Shara Burden and combines her distinct operatic vocals with swooping strings, baroque pianos and four minute pop songs. It's not really your usual Aesthmatic Kitty fare but that's almost what makes it so intriguing, the label have obviously seen something in Burden that they saw in labelmates the Castanets or Sufjan Stevens, a unique bright voice in alternative pop, someone not afraid to buck the trend slightly and someone creating extremely enjoyable pop music. Of course, it's also extremely over the top - but isn't that the point? Burden's distinctive voice soars through the tracks as if she was centre stage at the Sydney Opera house and in the gaps between her words sparkling strings permeate through magnificently. It's a rather regal affair as you might have gathered, and the comparisons to Antony and the Johnsons are sure to arise, but Shara Burden has her own place in the world of art-pop and should wow the more affluent among you quite suitably. Recommended!