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Strange Attitude [Import]

Benjamin Diamond Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Dec 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00004XRL6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Little Scare
3. 18 And Over
4. Strange Attitude
5. U Were Born
6. Joyride
7. The Rain
8. Just A Little Time
9. Playin' With Myself
10. In Your Arms (We Gonna Make It)
11. Rich Personality
12. Read In Your Arms

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CD Album

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A new venture from Benjamin Cohen aka Benjamin Diamond; a truly amazing man unknown by face by famously refusing to have his picture taken by any press. Sound familiar, yes, just like Daft Punk and Stardust, he wears reflective masks. This is because Benjamin Diamond is the founder of Daft Punk and Stardust. This is why the sound is so familiar in the album (not identical but within the same genre of funky and electronic house). Benjamin says his sound for this album was greatly influenced by his main companions in Stardust Thomas Bangalter and Alain "Braxe" Queme( Queme collaborated with Fred Falke to create the notorious song "intro")who convinced him to create a more soft and pumping sound for his album. The album itself is a very enjoyable litsen for any music lover but for fans of the genre, this is an absolute gem; just when the album sounds like going downhill after the first two excellent songs and going into a pop-esque dance album. benjamin uses his excellent contacts, notably Fafa Monteco (half of Superfunk) to whip up a real classic in your arms, 300,000 sales in france alone. but unlike other dance albums which rely on one song to hold it together(e.g:Air- sexy boy)where you just skip to that particular track, this album can really keep your concentration levels high as it goes on to the big tunes. The album was so well respected among dj's that Cosmo Vitelli, reputed to be the most choosy dj in terms of venue and his choice of song to remix, gave half of the album a good once over in his typical style. Great stuff.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Retro 80s French Pop Diamond 8 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
To say that the French have a monopoly on rediculously catchy pop would be the understatement of the year. The newest discovery amongst this new generation of pop gems is Benjamin Diamond. Like French counterparts Les Rythmes Digitales and Daft Punk, Benjamin delivers irresistably funky dance floor shakers, while keeping the whole thing in perspective using classic pop form, much like Phoenix and Tahiti 80 (also French). There are moments when the whole thing seems perhaps a touch contrived, but therein lies the ultimate sparkle of this record. Its a joy to listen to from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars French funk at is best! 3 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you liked the hit single "Music sounds better with you" you will like this album. It has the same dreamy French beat, infused with tight vocals. As a daft punk fan, I brought this album on the off chance that it would be like them. However although linked in some ways, in many other ways it is not and brings breath of fresh air to the genre. Top tracks of album are "Little Scare" and the fantastic "U were born"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIAMONDS 18 Dec 2000
By Dsc - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought it because it said Daft Punk was involved in this album. Regardless, after the first song, I was hooked. What a great album. I can hear a bit of Daft Punk in the driving drum rhythms and the influence of eighties synth pop. Benjamin sounds like early Peter Murphy or the lead singer of the Call and at times like early Bono. Great song craft. Worth paying the import price.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Music for supermodels. 15 Jun 2001
By Watujel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If glossy European disco music and bored facial expressions aren't necessary accoutrements of supermodel life, I don't know what are. So what better CD for these runway mavens than Benjamin Diamond's "Strange Attitude." Even if they show up to the photo shoot engrossed in Proust (hey anything's possible), by the time they hear Diamond singing "back a new day" (and somehow pronouncing it "love your music") for the tenth time, they'll have that perfect glassy-eyed, slackjawed look that photographers love.
Though Diamond uses some fat bass synthesizers and thanks George Clinton in the liner notes, this stuff is too polished to qualify as funk. Many of the songs (especially "Little Scare," "18 and Over," "Strange Attitude," and "In Your Arms") boast promising, catchy intros, but quickly lapse into seemingly endless repetition. It's good to have a strong hook and interesting title, but that doesn't mean you can just repeat them mindlessly for six minutes and claim that constitutes a song. Especially foul is his cover of Oran "Juice" Jones' "The Rain," which doesn't even have a decent intro; it sounds like a six-year-old is playing the piano. And his singing betrays a lack of interest in the material.
This CD will set the right atmosphere at a party, but if you're looking for dance music that will hold up under closer, and more um, sober inspection, better stick with the Pet Shop Boys.
5.0 out of 5 stars House music with heart... 12 Aug 2005
By Jeffrey Bussmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As noted in the product information Benjamin Diamond (real name Benjamin Cohen) was one of the masterminds behind the massive 1998 single "Music Sounds Better With You". Apparently, gobs of money were offered to Diamond and co. to create an entire album around the concept of this fictional group Stardust. Thankfully, they walked away and this is our reward. While it has already become a classic of house music "Music Sounds Better With You" lacks any kind of depth. It's job is simply to get you moving on the dancefloor and does a damn fine job in this regard. But what Diamond has created with the album Strange Attitude is so much more in so many facets. He has written thinking-man's music that happens to be danceable; it's house music with heart. As proof, I would say it's been one of the only dance oriented albums that I've owned which I can listen to straight through.

The songs work well with one another, though they are not meant to have any kind of story arc. But I believe that the reason why they work is that you can feel genuine emotion from Diamond. He's not just a detached "voice," as they're often called in this genre, scanning through lyrics that he couldn't care less about in a song where the real star is the beat or the DJ. These songs matter to him because he has actually written most of them. For example, the song "U Were Born" is a sincere and yet groove-worthy meditation on fatherly pride over the birth of a son. In the frosty "Just A Little Time" he pleads to a lover for more time to find himself and to learn how to be a better man in their relationship. Finally, on "Rich Personnality" he tries to win the affection of a lady friend through sincere love not money. All of these songs are so thoughtful, and yet you can move yourself to them as well. Of course, there are the more traditional dance tracks, such as the optimistic, jaunty keyboards on "Little Scare," the let's-get-it-on vibe of "18 and Over," or the pulse pounding '80s funkiness of "Strange Attitude". Perhaps the best praise I can offer about this album is that as a unit it stacks up comparably well in cross-genre comparison: it's not just house music "good;" it's a worthy contribution to the greater music world. All that and five years on it still sounds great. I hope that in the future more people will discover this first solo effort by Diamond; they will see that there can be house music which is both intelligent and infectious.
2.0 out of 5 stars "Don�t bother with this" 29 April 2002
By P. Shamdasani - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Now's your chance to experience the wildness of Benjamin Diamond's scratching by picking up the DJ's greatest tunes in this 2-CD set. Hailing from France under the name Benjamin Cohen, Diamond started his career off as a punk rocker, playing guitar with bands like El Destroyo, Sister Double Happiness and on numerous compilations, before finally hitting it big by teaming up with Thomas Bangalater of Daft Punk in Stardust's Music Sounds Better With You. Realizing that he had great potential as a mixer and vocalist, Cohen changed his name to the more illustrious Diamond and released his first album Strange Attitude in 2001. Tying in with his Asian tour comes the Limited Edition, including an extra disc that features B-sides, video clips and remixes - but, as everyone knows, bonus features can't make up for a terrible album, with Diamond's first recording sounding like a perfect clone of fellow French band Air. Filled with pretentious lyrics, overused bass lines and numerous repetitions, the album seems only suited to yuppie-types and brainless supermodels - ironically, the majority of which frequented his gig. Numerous critics have praised his singing on former recordings (which we acknowledge and agree with), but here it sounds monotonous and dull, lacking the passion that Diamond had in his former bands. And while the album has also received acclaim for Diamond's wide repertoire of talent, with him playing the majority of keyboards and guitar, we refuse to chalk up the instruments as one of his "gifts", mainly due to the fact that he just isn't any good at playing either one of them. Don't bother with this; pick up something by Daft Punk, Phoenix or Air instead.
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! the amazing album with the diversification! 27 Nov 2000
By gladys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i feel strange why there's no one writin' any review about this fabulous album? first i didn't expect much of it, i just thought it a cd pleasing to the ear, but after listenin' it over and over, i found it really a great one full of various music types, and ben's voice brings people into different moods. i appreciate his talent highly, and undoubtedly i like the way he writes the lyrics, direct and revealing. this's definitely an album worth listenin'!
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