Vashti Bunyan
Just Another Diamond Day


5.0
classic

Review

by Alex Robertson STAFF
May 14th, 2010 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist


There's always been a sense of antiquity in the folk music of the '60s and '70s (and its subsequent revival in the past decade); it's all really just a matter of dedication. On her 1970 masterpiece Just Another Diamond Day, Vashti Bunyan had the good will not only to delve full-bore into her little world of lily ponds and trawlermen but also to dress up her tunes so gorgeously that those who listened had no choice but to follow her there. Not only did this release eventually spawn the "freak folk" subgenre that gradually reappeared into the new century, but it also gave birth to a generation of music lovers who weren't stuck in the past as much as reveling in its simple beauties--ones they never got the chance to be exposed to.

As music representative of this "immaculate past", Diamond Day is fittingly simple and stripped-down, Bunyan's gorgeously breathy coo providing a light touch to her smooth folk melodies (usually backed up by her lightly plucked guitar, but often also featuring a wide range of instruments such as fiddle, piano, banjo, mandolin, etc.). The album is often breathtakingly gorgeous, filled to the brim with wide-eyed wonder of the natural world delivered via songs that might just be flawless. Though it's no replacement for the music, one must only look at the cover to see what this album is all about: Bunyan, donned in prarie-like clothing next to her painted furry friends, taking in the wonder of a beautiful world that has long since been shaken out of our imagination by the politicians who are trying to take our jobs.



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robertsona
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May 14th 2010


15083 Comments


i think this is the first review ive done without a summary--i felt really good when i finished it. thoughts?

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2010


15083 Comments


im also getting continually worse at writing sentences that arent 49583495834 words long

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2010


15083 Comments


holy shit this review is six sentences anyway done posting here

Ponton
Emeritus
May 14th 2010


5820 Comments


i like it, straight and to the point

others will complain about length maybe, but you prob already know that

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Enotron
May 14th 2010


7695 Comments


I actually really like this review. The length and the short, yet descriptive depictions of the albums sound work for an artist like her.

Roach
May 15th 2010


2148 Comments


i loved this album at one point

robin
Emeritus
May 15th 2010


4261 Comments


oh man, this album.

rogerdiscoversherpes
May 15th 2010


34 Comments


I've long threatened to delve into 60s/70s folk to see what I could find. I might just start here.

AggravatedYeti
May 15th 2010


7685 Comments


well I did ask you for weird pop music.
score.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2010


15083 Comments


still really good? yep, still really good

ethos
October 30th 2013


1858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dig this review

DogeDaze
March 2nd 2014


9 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i had a disease once called Vashti Bunyan.

Cygnatti
April 28th 2014


22363 Comments


love dis

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9810 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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menawati
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May 2nd 2014


16160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

like a bit of vash now and again

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Brabiz
June 6th 2014


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Joanna Newsom's Ys reminds me so much of this album.

NorthernSkylark
August 17th 2014


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love love love this

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everybody, please listen to her new album it's lovely

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was about to say the same thing ^



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