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Diamanda Galas - The Sporting Life (1994) Retail CD
Alternative Pop/ Rock
I found the prospect of this album very intriguing: a collaboration between the bass-playing Rock Legend and noted producer/arranger John Paul Jones and the unique vocalist Diamanda Galas. These two, possibly at first disparate seeming, talents actually fuse together rather well - together they have produced an album that is, in the main, both excellent and challenging.The other musician involved in this project was the drummer Pete Thomas, whose powerful playing does indeed at times sound similar to that of John Paul Jones' late, great, bandmate John Bonham. The sole track on the album creditedmore… to all three musicians - "Devil's Rodeo" - is also one of the best in my opinion.Diamanda's lyrics are concerned with matters of desire, lust, decay and murder. I believe that she herself described this album as a collection of "homicidal love songs" - this is a very apt description because even the images of love seem violent.Throughout the album, Diamanda's four octave vocal range is utilized to maximum effect. Her vocals range from semi-spoken, to classic diva, to banshee, to soulful, to affectations and inflections that are uniquely her own. However, while her vocals are undoubtedly impressive, I found them to be a bit too challenging at times, hence why I have given this album three stars instead of four.As well as her fiery lyrics and peerless vocals, Diamanda also plays Hammond Organ and piano. On tracks such as "Dark End Of The Street", "Tony" and "Baby's Insane" this creates a lush, melodic 'lounge-core' sound that makes for an interesting contrast to the rest of the album.The best tracks in my opinion are the lead-off single "Do You Take This Man?" and the aforementioned "Devil's Rodeo", "Dark End Of The Street" and "Tony". The track "Last Man Down" also deserves a special mention - on this bluesy track, Diamanda's vocal is solely accompanied by John Paul Jones on lap steel guitar and the effect is quite breath-taking. Diamanda's voice becomes an instrument in its own right, as it also does on "Devil's Rodeo" where the solos she performs sound almost like a guitar at times.
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