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This Is My Hand (Prismatic Edition)

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Recorded in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit, This Is My Hand is as worldly and as musically ambitious as ever. The fourth studio album by My Brightest Diamond (a.k.a. Shara Worden) finds her working on ways to bridge the gap between her avant-garde, experimental, and classical roots with the basic modes of pop music that demand greater simplicity; she follows her musical ideas to their own credible conclusions. A catchy melody and a tight rhythm always bring the crowds, and a mesmerizing number like “Lover Killer” feels designed to seduce. Tracks like “Pressure” and “I Am Not the Bad Guy” offer more complex handling of dynamics and orchestration. (Perfect, say, for an enterprising David Bowie fan.) Employing drums and horns, Worden even explores the dynamics of a high school marching band. What she can do in less than four minutes is breathtaking. The highlight “Looking at the Sun” compresses a variety of approaches (chorally and band-wise), with Worden’s vocals sailing through the notes with a dancer’s poise. The Prismatic edition adds the five-track July 2014 EP None More Than You, which includes songs and remixes not on the proper album.

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Delightful

I find it exceedingly difficult to express how much I love this album. All I can say is that it is an absolute delight.

Everything.

She did it. Her best album to date. Also her most accessible, in the a very good way. Shara is simply one of the finest artists and voices we have these days.

Extremely Tasty

Fantastic modern arrangements/production! Not since Tune Yards “Who Kill” has something grabbed me like this. Not sure how much longevity it will have but for at least the next month It will be on heavy rotation. Highly recommend.

Biography

Formed: New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Mixing elements of opera, cabaret, chamber music, and rock, My Brightest Diamond was the project of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden. The daughter of a National Accordion Championship-winning father and a mother who was an organist for their Pentecostal church, Worden grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan, listening to gospel, jazz, and classical music and performing in the church choir. She studied opera at the University of North Texas' music program, and after graduation, moved to...
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