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Black Diamond

Stan Ridgway

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Album Review

Black Diamond appeared four years after Stan Ridgway's previous solo album and sported a substantially different sound. Although Ridgway's voice and unique storytelling lyrics put his stamp on whatever he attempts, the acoustic guitars and relatively straightforward approach on Black Diamond make it a distinct departure from everything he has done before. While "Big Dumb Town" and "Knife and Fork" are products of Ridgway's usual fixations, "Gone the Distance" sounds almost like Neil Young, "As I Went Out One Morning" is a Bob Dylan song, and "Luther Played Guitar" is an utterly sincere C&W tribute to Johnny Cash and his Tennessee Two. While the effort to normalize Ridgway's sound doesn't always yield a superior result, the experiment will fascinate longtime fans.

Biography

Born: 05 April 1954 in Barstow, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most unique singer/songwriters in American indie music, with an unforgettable adenoidal vocal delivery that makes him sound like a low-level wise guy in one of those old Warner Bros. gangster films of the '30s and a lyrical obsession with the themes of pulp crime novels and film noir, Stan Ridgway is a true original. From his early days with quirky Los Angeles new wavers Wall of Voodoo to his even...
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