Tuesday, July 12, 2011

THE DIAMOND DOGS - The Grit And The Very Soul

The band comes from Sweden and exists since the mid 90's. First of all, I have to warn you that this is not a Metal album. So, if you are expecting something with crunchy guitars, or smashing drums better move on. But if you like good and honest music, then this one might touch a special part in your soul, as it did with mine. So, this is a Rock album, with a strong bluesy feeling, and some very welcome touches of Southern here and there that no one would expect from a Swedish band. The music is slow and melodic, and the use of instruments like violin, mandolin and saxophone makes it even more diverse and fun to listen to. The music contains enough interesting ideas, and my only objection is that there are more than enough ballads, which makes things a little mellow but doesn't spoil the fun. The whole album was recorded live in the studio, including the instruments like the violin, and this gives some of the live energy to the whole music. An album ideal for listening while driving a long journey, ideal for listening while enjoying beers with friends at the local bar, from a band that I would love to see live.


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