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june 2010

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Diamond Nights

"Popsicle" CD

Kemado Records

Genres: AOR, hard rock

Kemado Records
601 W.26th St.
11th Floor
New York NY


One of the hippest acts on the AOR revival scene, Diamond Nights take their Thin Lizzy influence and run with it. The results are incredible anthems ("Destination Diamonds," "Dirty Thief") and a supporting cast of strong, melodic rock songs ("Drip Drip," "Red Hex"). While the glam rock tendencies can be a bit stifling for those not acquainted with the genre, it's addictive stuff if you really let yourself get into it.

Highpoints on Popsicle are frequent. Be it the wonderful, laidback groove of "Snakey Ruth" or lead singer Morgan Phalen's ridiculous falsettos on "Needle in the Rice," Diamond Nights really can't do wrong. The only mildly bland parts of this album are "It's a Shokka" and "Beyond the City of Love," which lack the types of penetrating melodies that make this type of music memorable. Regardless of a few blips, however, Popsicle persists in true form, coming across as a listenable, entertaining hard rock record that should last for more than a few spins.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2005]