Diorama - Silverchair

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by cronker, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. cronker


    Feb 13, 2007
    Stunning album. A showcase of a performer who can write music that appeals without sticking to a II-IV-V format. It's orchestral, vivid and demanding of your open ears.

    That said Daniel Johns gives me the *****. Every time he releases an album, it's accompanied by a new media storm surrounding him.
    Anorexia, splits up with girlfriend, drug addiction - take your pick. Just know that he has an album coming out soon.

    Still, probably one of the finest artists in Australia at the moment.
  2. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Bassist for Michael "Epic Mic" Rowe

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Couldn't agree more...it was definitely his masterpiece IMO.

    It was amazing how he could take what some people would consider a softer voice and write lyrics/music that cuts so sharply. He seemed to lose that on Young Modern, with the only song coming close to it being Those Thieving Birds/Strange Behaviour. Still though, the man's a freakin genius and the reason I started playing music in the first place! :bassist:
  3. I LOVE Diorama! First song I heard by them was Untitled which was a B-side that made it on the Godzilla soundtrack *shudder* but his soft voice is exactly what caught my attention. There's a nice bit of sludgy bass in there too...
  4. Toptube

    Toptube Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    I think he probably suffered some vocal damage from touring Diorama and now has a smaller range. It happens fairly often. An artist writes a very dynamic album that stretches their capability and then they tour it night after night, with little rest.
  5. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    NJ or Pa
    These guys were already as good if not better than some seasoned pros twice their age. I still find that amazing.
    Damn, I think I'll watch their first appearance on Letterman right now.
  6. japhy4529

    japhy4529 this is only a test... Supporting Member

    I have to necromance this thread tonight, as I'm listening to Diorama for the first time in years. This album is definitely one of my all-time favorites. Excellent songwriting, great performances and nice textures throughout (full string sections on many songs, arranged by Van Dyke Parks who has worked with The Beach Boys and U2). Bassist Chris Joannou does a very nice job on the album. The bass is subtle, yet appropriate for the songs, and tone he gets from his G&L L-2000 is phenomenal.