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THE STORY SO FAR …

Silverchair are one of the most acclaimed and successful Australian bands of all time. They have won more ARIA Awards than any other artist and they have enjoyed more #1 albums than any other band in Australian music history. They have sold more than six million albums around the world.

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  • Audio CD (29 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00006916I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,465 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Across The Night 5:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Greatest View 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Without You 5:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. World Upon Your Shoulders 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. One Way Mule 4:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tuna In The Brine 5:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Too Much Of Not Enough 4:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Luv Your Life 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Lever 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. My Favourite Thing 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. After All These Years (Hidden Track ''Outro'')10:04Album Only

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The early word was that Silverchair on their long-awaited fourth album had morphed into the antipodean Radiohead. But that's a bit of a stretch. Diorama, the band's first release in three years, instead finds the Australian trio shedding the hollow teen angst and beefy riffs of its earlier records in favour of epic melodies, meaningful lyrics and a markedly more refined sound. The results are staggering. Featuring an orchestra section arranged by Van Dyke Parks, "The Greatest Way" is a sweeping and soulful anthem. "World upon Your Shoulders" is a Guns 'N' Roses-caliber power ballad--and that's no bad thing, either. And "Without You" exhibits a determined, gripping delicacy not seen since, well, the last Radiohead album. Another giant leap forward. --Aidin Vaziri

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
Well here's something you may not have expected from Silverchair's 4th studio album.
If 95's 'Frogstomp' was all youthful exuberance on a Nirvana template, 97's 'Freakshow' was trying to be taken seriously and 2000's 'Neon Ballroom' trying to shake the (post)-grunge label, then 'Diorama' clearly shows Silverchair developing a whole new side to their sound and impressive it is too.
Brass, Strings, Piano's, sweeping playful vocals and arrangements, even a bloody harpsichord. Thats just on fantastic opener 'Across the Night'.
It is clear that the band have progressed to happier times as 'The Greatest View' amply establishes, gone are the down beat self loathing musings on Neon Ballroom (see Anna's Song and Emotion Sickness). What we have now is a band brimful of confidence and not afraid to experiment with different styles and influences.
'The Lever' harks back to the good old days when grunge was grunge with a glorious riff and singalong hooks. This and 'One way Mule', another stomper, highlight just how far the boys have come. 'Luv you Life' is an evocative tune and again showcases how it would have been easy, in todays climate, to release a guitar album by numbers but messr's John's and co have dusted themselves down and come up trumps an album for the summer, heartfelt, bouncy and as catchy as the flu.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Philippa Christmass on 14 Jan 2003
Format: Audio CD
Wow...it has been a long time since an album has had such an emotional effect on me. I have approximately 300 Cd's in my collection and this rates up there with maybe 1 or 2 others as an all-time favourite. In the last 5 or so years my tastes have run more to electronic/dance music, but 'Diorama' has reminded me just how inspiring a good, powerful, passionate guitar-based album can be. Of course, this isn't just any old guitar album: it has stunning orchestration, poetic lyrics, and Daniel Johns' voice is incredible - snarling one minute on 'One Way Mule' and beautifully fragile the next on 'My Favourite Thing'. Diorama has just been voted Album of the Year here in Australia - I'd go beyond this to say one of the albums of the last ten years. Diorama represents a sort of quantum leap in Silverchair's music - there were hints of the new direction on 'Neon Ballroom' but I don't think anyone was expecting such maturity and beauty from someone who is only 22 or so years old. Magic - buy it now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct 2002
Format: Audio CD
After being a fan of Silverchair's previous efforts,notably "Frogstomp" and "Neon Ballroom"..I was anxious to hear new material from Johns et al. I have to say I was completely blown away..and that was just the first listen! After several thousand listenings..I can now convey my thoughts! This album has a rare quality which maks you just stop in sheer amazement every single time it is played. I find it unbelievable that one band,who are still, so young can be so incredibly talented. Who make music so divine and indulgent that makes you cry and smile..the emotion is so real and honest.
I never imagined that Silverchair, who began as a pretty wicked grunge rock band, would grow and evolve into this.. it is astounding. From the first delicately orchestrated tones of "Across the night" to the heavier sounds of "The lever" to the heart wrenching acoustic tracks "Favourite thing" and "After all these years"..you are taken through the mind of Daniel Johns..the most talented songwriter of our generation for sure. Ok, so maybe I'm sounding a little melodramatic...well, to those who are yet to hear "Diorama"..because those who have will undoubtedly be in the same state I'm in..completely besotted with this phenomenal release. Yeah, I know its different..but a change for the better and a direction which takes the band into scarily good ways. Trust me!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. S. Martin on 11 Jan 2005
Format: Audio CD
Silverchair are without a doubt one of the most talented bands in the world and yes theres a good point that if they were that good they'd be huge but, personally i think making music is their prime concern if they were huge they'd have less time to work on their music and that would be their down fall. over the years i've heard pretty much every thing they've ever written and Neon ballroom was what converted but if your into heavy or nirvana then get Frogstomp or Freakshow, if your into bands like muse then get diorama the styles not dissimilar.
considering the albums go for around a tenner go out on a limb, you'll not regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar 2002
Format: Audio CD
Silverchairs 4th album takes up where neon ballroom left of in terms of originality.It is an ambitious album with an appropriate title "Diorama-a world within a world".This sets the theme for the album and songs like The Greatest View and Without You are evidence of this ambition.
The outstanding songs on this album for me are One Way Mule and Hollywood, heavy songs which were performed remarkably well at rock in rio 3.
This is definatley Silverchairs best album yet and a must buy for die-hard chair fans, however this is also a great album if you are just discovering Silverchairs music and what it is all about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Taylor on 10 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
Optimism isn’t exactly something that Silverchair is renowned for. Carving a niche out of thrashing guitars, tormented vocals and a following of discontented high school outsiders had always been more their style. No longer is this the case, as the Newcastle trio’s latest studio offering will testify.
Diorama – a world within a world - is the name of the new album, apt indeed. There is no prominent shortage of those familiar dark moments and high-powered riffs that helped propel the band to international fame, however this time the focus is obviously elsewhere. It’s not so much the lyrics that serve up great lashings of hope than the album’s general atmosphere, all buoyant mood and sweeping sonic landscapes, supplemented at times by an extravagant 40-piece orchestra. Throw into the mix the great composer/arranger Van Dyke Parks and Tool producer David Bottrill, and the result ends up verging close to the sublime. Rocking pieces like 'The Lever' and 'One Way Mule' are as energetic and hard-edged as you would normally expect from Silverchair; but it’s really the less characteristic, visionary epics such as 'Luv Your Life', 'Tuna in the Brine' and 'Across the Night' that form the heart of the album.
And what a heart it is. Boldly following the direction where 1999’s breakthrough Neon Ballroom was heading, but far less bleak and entrenched in reality, Diorama spins the listener out of the mundane and straight into melodic fantasy. "I just wanted to take people to another world," says frontman Daniel Johns. Is this a ‘happy album’? Not particularly. The music reveals nothing more and nothing less than a kaleidoscope of human emotion, delivered with a little touch of magic.
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