Genres: AOR, hard rock
601 W.26th St.
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.
[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by
the label, released 2005]