Silverchair
Diorama


5.0
classic

Review

by Phideaux USER (6 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2011 | 21 replies | 5,536 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Beginning life as a mix of Pearl Jam and Nirvana, each of Silverchair’s albums was a stepping stone in the band’s slow departure from the sound on their dark, grungy debut to becoming much more pop driven and experimental. The band’s fourth album, Diorama, was their most musically adventurous and artistically diverse album to date and expressed the biggest change in style between albums in the band’s catalogue. Neon Ballroom, which preceded Diorama, although much more experimental than the band’s first two albums, still contained a good deal of grunge influence and the band seemed to have trouble developing a complete musical identity for much of the album. However, on Diorama, Silverchair have left almost all of their roots behind them and have developed their sound to the most complete it has ever been.

For Diorama, guitarist, singer, and chief songwriter, Daniel Johns, began writing most of his material on the piano, which made for a much less guitar focused album than the band’s past efforts. The album contains a wide range of instruments, with almost all of the songs being accompanied by a full orchestra. The band demonstrates this right out of the gate with Across The Night. Starting with just Johns’ voice and harpsichord, the song explodes into a wall brass and strings, which would turn out to be a great preview of what the album has to offer.

Daniel Johns’ singing contributes just as much to the albums overall sound as the instrumentation. Instead of growling along with dark, heavy guitars as in earlier albums, he sings with a much softer, more tuneful head voice and high, delicate falsettos that add to the albums light and theatrical feel. He displays much more range and confidence this time around and his ability as a vocalist has grown substantially to make for one of the strongest elements of the album.

While most of the album consists of dramatic orchestral pop rock, a small handful of songs offer a bit of a departure from the rest of the album. The Lever and One Way Mule bring back some of the band’s grunge sound and are characterized by heavy guitar riffing and a much rougher, growled vocal performance. However, the two songs are much cleaner than the bands early material and Johns’ vocal improvement is still vastly apparent. Without You, though not grunge sounding like the other two black sheep, is still dissimilar from the rest of the album with its wall of sound guitars and being one of the few songs lacking an orchestral accompaniment.

The dramatic, acoustic guitar driven Tuna in The Brine makes for a fantastic centerpiece, easily being one of the best songs on the album and a great showcase of Silverchair’s new sound. Tuna is darker and more subdued than most of the other songs on the album. The song swells and falls expertly with sweeping horns and woodwinds and is filled to the brim with thought provoking lyrics, and haunting vocals.

With Diorama, Silverchair have crafted an incredible work of art. The band combines fantastic orchestral arrangements complete with horns and woodwinds, catchy alternative rock, great vocal performance, and introspective lyrics to form an ambitious musical adventure that is unlike anything like they have done before.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DoctorNurse
March 3rd 2011



475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

loved this album when it came out. Gonna download it and listen for the first time in years

Phideaux
March 3rd 2011



1654 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is one of my favorite albums.


Why would you stop listening to it?

DoctorNurse
March 3rd 2011



475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lost the disc years ago and it never made the transition to my newer mp3 players

Phideaux
March 3rd 2011



1654 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ah. I see. Well get on it, man.

Ire
March 3rd 2011



41753 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i had a flac vinyl rip of this in my hard drive and now i can't find it


this review reminds me of my anger

DoctorNurse
March 3rd 2011



475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is still ace. Unashamedly poppy, and the vocals are great.

Defeater
March 3rd 2011



5782 Comments


for some reason I read the album title as Diarrhea

North0House2
March 3rd 2011



5840 Comments


Lol.

Frogstomp is awesome, it's the only thing by Silverchair I've ever listened to, I might as well listen to this.

Digging: Amen Dunes - Love

Spare
March 3rd 2011



5270 Comments


one of my favourite albums ever. deserved a 5/5 review that was actually good. gg.

Jim
March 3rd 2011



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Ranking: #139 for 2002


sad

Jim
March 3rd 2011



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

cool review btw

SteelErectedb4you8er
March 4th 2011



2616 Comments


Either this shows how old I am or what. I remember Frogstomp and that one album with the year 2000 on it...but shit, I didn't know these aussies kept writing grunge

Spare
March 4th 2011



5270 Comments


they didn't. at all.

MentalityOfA
March 4th 2011



1213 Comments


Hmm.

Jim
March 4th 2011



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

start with this

Spare
March 4th 2011



5270 Comments


looking at his ratings neon ballroom is probably a more logical start but this is their best

Jim
March 4th 2011



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i probs prefer neon ballroom personally. but whereas that took time to get under my skin, diorama hit me like a slippery fish from the get go.

classic fucking albums

crazyblinddude
March 4th 2011



3389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review. I love this album. I haven't given it a spin in a while though, in all honesty.

laterenima
March 4th 2011



221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm rather partial to my copy of Neon Ballroom, but Diorama just doesn't step up as much for me.

Phideaux
March 4th 2011



1654 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks on the review guys. This is definitely in my top 5 albums of all time. Neon Ballroom is great too, but not even close to this in my opinion.



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