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  • Vinyl (12 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00JEPT53A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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180 gram audiophile vinyl

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Australian rockers Silverchair released their fourth studio album 'Diorama' in 2002. The follow-up album to 'Neon Ballroom' (1999) was co-produced by Daniel Johns (singer, guitar)and David Bottrill. Diorama marked Johns first production credit, while Bottril had worked on albums for a variety of other bands (Muse, Tool, The Smashing Pumpkins). On 'Diorama' Silverchair worked with composer Van Dyke Parks. The album contains various orchestral arrangements and power ballads, which was a change from the post-grunge music typical of their earlier work ('Frogstomp' and 'Freak Show'), but consistent with the band s previous orchestrations on the album 'Neon Ballroom'. The album includes singles like 'The Greatest View' and 'Without You'. 'Diorama' reached number One on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Chart and won five ARIA Awards in 2002. 'Diorama' was originally released on vinyl in 2002 in Australia and only available in very small quantities.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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