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Recorded in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit, This Is My Hand is 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, and she follows her musical ideas to their own credible conclusions. As it’s always been, a catchy melody and a tight rhythm bring the crowds, and a mesmerizing number like “Lover Killer” feels designed to seduce. Tracks like “Pressure” and “I Am Not the Bad Guy” off 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.

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If "Pressure" is any indicatiion, THIS IS MY HAND will be my favorite album of 2014. It's been far to long, and this track has filled a massive void in my musical soul. September 16th can't get here fast enough! :) <3

Solid throughout!

I was introduced to Shara's music back in 2006 when her name was mentioned among Sufjan Stevens and Colin Meloy. "Bring Me The Workhouse" stands out as one of my favorite albums to this day. In fact, my fascination with that album made it difficult for me to dive into subsequent My Brightest Diamond releases. I would always try, but then find myself returning to what had eventually become very familiar territory. I just couldn't shake "Golden Star" and "Gone Away." This week I stumbled across a review of new music from Shara. I wasn't aware of a new album on the way. Upon hearing the first few seconds of "Pressure" I was sold. "Lover Killer" and "I am not the Bad Guy" sealed the deal. It's so refreshing to hear carefully crafted pop music, lyrics sealed with meaning and a dynamic voice full of control. Not one of these songs is without an element of subtle surprise. "This Is My Hand" gracefully expands upon the seemingly limited notion of what pop music can really be.


I love the new sound MBD have here, and if you love grooves, this album has no shortage of them (Lover Killer is my fav). Even with this dramatic change in sound, the melodies are as great as ever.


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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