Album Review: Fantasia Ball by Diana Darby

Album Name: Fantasia Ball
Artist: Diana Darby
Year/Label: 2003 / Delmore Recording Society

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Diana Darby’s new album is spooked, haunted by beautiful ghosts. Her soft voice belies the tension in the music, which is a mix of folk, rock and pop.

“Falling Down” is a quiet marvel, Darby’s vocal framing a lovely melody.

“If It Feels Good” combines an upbeat lyric with an acoustic Velvet Underground (circa the third album) sound.

“My Own” simmers with intensity, Diana Darby uses the contrast between the quiet and loud passages in the song well.

“Happy” doesn’t exactly live up to its title. Darby delivers the words in a poignant whisper.

“Mother” is deeply unsettling despite its brevity. That’s this albums strength, Diana Darby’s ability to create big things with the smallest of gestures.

“Fantasia Ball” is a marvelous album and a sure sign that this talented singer is here to stay.

Posted on April 24, 2003

Track Listing
1. Fly Away
2. Falling Down
3. If It Feels Good
4. Summer
5. Ferry
6. My Own
7. The Only One Who’s Listening
8. Happy
9. Mother
10. Caroline
11. Blue Turns To Grey

[Diana Darby Official Site]



Rating: 5 Stars
thanks for writing asbout this unusual, amazing artist

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