Boomkat Product Review:
Oh yeah I like this one very much indeed - Lavender Diamond is the pseudonym of chanteuse Becky Stark, we got an inkling of what she's capable of not so long ago with the EP 'The Cavalry of Light', but where that explored the folkier side of Stark's personality, 'Imagine Our Love' is in contrast a fully realised pop album. Of course this isn't going to be making dents in the top 40 any time soon, but this is the kind of hazy, good-feeling pop you would have expected to find inhabiting sunny festivals in the mid-70s, something like prime-period Fleetwood Mac or Low if they'd been transported back in time and fed happy pills. 'Imagine Our Love' might be too twee and sickly sweet at times for some people, but in all its good feeling I get the feeling that Stark's sentiment is entirely real and totally sincere. She wants to talk directly to us with her music, let us feel what she feels, love what she loves and breathe what she breathes, and in that she succeeds totally. When I listen to the album I am in Becky Stark's land, be it through the lyrics or through her powerful and affecting voice, and this is something I can rarely say about most albums of this kind. Lavender Diamond have been compared with the Decemberists, no doubt because they have been seen touring with the band, but this is a comparison I really struggle with - although the instrumentation might be at times quite similar, where Colin Meloy's voice is like nails on a chalkboard to me with all its false theatrics, Becky Stark has a voice which is like nector for the ears. Highlights of the album include the anthemic 'Oh No', the summer-pop singalong 'Open Your Heart' (which reminds me of the Sundays, and if that ain't praise I don't know what is), the piano-led 'Bring Me a Song' and the gorgeous and melancholy 'Find A Way'. Probably the loveliest pop album I've heard this year - Lavender Diamond should really be absolutely huge and 'Imagine Our Love' is the perfect album to fall in love to this summer. Buy it.