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CD REVIEW: Trois by Dave Diamond

You know one thing that bugs me the most? The way how such a perfect record can be turned into trash because there’s a consistency that makes it after few tracks, so boring. I could go on a rant rampage but you know what I mean, and it’s so sad because you really want to love the record but it’s so hard to. On the other side of the spectrum, there are times where bands like to explore other genres and grow as musicians, and while that’s cool, it can be a stupid, sellout move and they end up changing in such a drastic way. The key is to explore other genres without having to give up your roots and forgetting who you are. Sadly that’s not something we see every day, but luckily once in a while we stumble upon bands or artists such as Dave Diamond that knows how to pull it up and conquer.

Trois is hard to label, but if we had to put in a category it would be “Awesome”. It’s bluesy (“Queen of Sorrow”), Country (“All Good Things”, “Back Off”), Funky (“Here In The Summertime”) and even tropical (“Breaking Hearts”). In short words, it’s as eclectic as it can be. There’s no doubt we are in presence of a Guitar virtuoso, the way he delivers and play the guitar is captivating. Vocally, Dave doesn’t fall flat and with its powerhouse voice (think Steven Tyler meets Damien Rice) that match so perfectly with every song no matter the mood and the addition of female vocals in some of the songs and other minor secondary instruments into the songs makes it for a fun drive through the mind of a musical genius.

It’s really hard to come up with any negative thing to say, but maybe what kind of turned the whole record off for me would have to be the slow songs. And don’t get me wrong, like I previously said he’s an amazing artist but personally he shines out the most on the energetic and wild songs. The ballads are great but doesn’t live the expectations imposed by the powerful tracks and it makes the album kind of boring. Luckily there are only two songs that match that description.

In Short Words

Criteria - 95%

95%

Rating

In a close note, Trois is a fresh breeze of air in an industry that's just loaded with crap, a glimpse of hope in a scene that from time to time, seems like it's fading out and the hey days are far gone with the wind. Dave Diamond is a master on its craft, a talented artist that has nothing to envy to its cotemporaries like Andy McKee, John Mayer and John Butler . One thing I would really love maybe in an upcoming record, to see him trying out any other instrument and killing it like he does with the guitar. Not sure if it's doable but it would definitely be an awesome and bold move. Otherwise, the album is a journey, back and forth, through time and it definitely worth every penny.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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