Spandau Ballet's second of six albums certaintly isn't the most popular. It certaintly isn't the most well-known. And up until now, when it has been SOOO kindly re-released, it was so lowly thought of that it sank to collector's item rarity. The only person I knew with the unbelievable luck to have it on CD had payed an extremely large sum of money (for a CD) to get it from Australia. But now here we are. Diamond includes four of Spandau's hit singles: the massive Chant No.1 which was sampled on a song called 'Touch Me' a few weeks ago and reached the no. 1 slot, Paint Me Down; the video of which was banned on Top of the Pops, Instinction; produced by Trevor Horn, and finally the haunting She Loved Like Diamond. The other songs took on a more experimental feel, with African (Coffee Club), Egyptian (Pharoah), Indian (Innocence and Science) and Chinese (Missionary) influences. Certaintly towards the end of the album, you forget where you are and indeed who you are. I+S in particular belongs on a sleep-inducement or medidtaion CD. I get very upset when people tell others that Diamond isn't very good. What they mean is, it's not very commercial. Which it isn't. But in my experience commercial is a bad word, and Spandau Ballet's Diamond would be a fine example of what talent, creativity and originality hold over commerialism.