Diorama

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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
One of the few true shocks in rock music is when a young band with a seemingly short shelf life manages to transform itself into a cohesive, enduring, and artistically diverse outfit. Take Silverchair, whose plodding angst anthems were the subject of much ridicule during the group's initial splash. But they somehow kept going and kept improving, and Diorama is the sound of a band finally growing into their own skin. These songs have a sense of space and tunefulness that was always missing from the band's previous efforts, and the production (by David Bottrill, with orchestrations courtesy of Van Dyke Parks) brings to mind everything from the charging anthems of Big ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
One of the few true shocks in rock music is when a young band with a seemingly short shelf life manages to transform itself into a cohesive, enduring, and artistically diverse outfit. Take Silverchair, whose plodding angst anthems were the subject of much ridicule during the group's initial splash. But they somehow kept going and kept improving, and Diorama is the sound of a band finally growing into their own skin. These songs have a sense of space and tunefulness that was always missing from the band's previous efforts, and the production (by David Bottrill, with orchestrations courtesy of Van Dyke Parks) brings to mind everything from the charging anthems of Big Country to U2's first experiments with Brian Eno. Singer Daniel Johns steps into the forefront here, showcasing his rich voice and shockingly catchy, twisting tunes with melodies that are hardly predictable but often delightful. His efforts recall deceased singer/songwriter Josh Clayton-Felt, as they utilize a similar vocal approach and channel the same sort of psychedelic soul on tracks like "Tuna in the Brine." A song like "World Upon Your Shoulders" sounds utterly unlike the post-grunge efforts of Johns' earlier work, but in one song he takes the washed-out symphonies of Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips and the delicate falsetto pop of Jeff Buckley and combines them into a digestible pop nugget. The solid guitar work from Johns also shows growth, as the songs often drift into Edge-like noodling that compliments his voice much more than the chugging riffs of their first few albums. "Without You"'s Goo Goo Dolls-lite is an unwelcome twist, taking their newfound sense of melody and giving it a blustery chorus that robs the track of its power. The thick "One Way Mule" is another minor disappointment, reverting back to Silverchair's grunge sound for a song that has little of the intelligence and beauty of the rest of the album. But mostly this is a wonderful surprise from a band thought to have been finished in the late '90s. Being hesitant to give this a chance is perfectly understandable, but Silverchair has grown up and put together a fine mix of orchestral pop and rock on Diorama.
Rolling Stone - Mark Kemp
Diorama gets better with each listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678355943
  • Catalog Number: 83559

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Across the Night (5:37)
  2. 2 The Greatest View (4:05)
  3. 3 Without You (5:17)
  4. 4 World Upon Your Shoulders (4:37)
  5. 5 One Way Mule (4:14)
  6. 6 Tuna in the Brine (5:40)
  7. 7 Too Much of Not Enough (4:42)
  8. 8 Luv Your Life (4:29)
  9. 9 Lever (4:22)
  10. 10 My Favorite Thing (4:14)
  11. 11 After All These Years (9:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Silverchair Primary Artist
Jim Moginie Piano, Keyboards
Phillip Hartl Concert Master
Rob Woolf Hammond Organ
Paul Mac Piano
Daniel Johns Guitar, Piano, Harpsichord, Vocals
Ben Gillies Percussion, Drums
Michel Rose Pedal Steel Guitar
Chris Joannou Bass
Technical Credits
Van Dyke Parks Orchestral Arrangements
David Bottrill Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Larry Muhoberac Orchestral Arrangements
Andrzej Liguz Cover Photo
Daniel Johns Producer, Artwork, Orchestral Arrangements
Paul Pilsneniks Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Silverchair has come a long ways since Frogstomp. They've become a band which can incorporate much more into their music than just hard grunge rock. Not to say Frogstomp was bad because it was great but Silverchair has grown up into something much greater. Diorama is the album rock music has been missing for the past decade. If you don't like this album than it's because you only listened to it once. It is not written to please your ears the first time through like some poppy melodic trash that you get sick of after the fifth time you've heard it. This album has depth and emotion. Daniel Johns vocals on this album stand out beyond any previous album. Silverchair's previous albums were all individually great in their own specific way but with Diorama it's obvious that they have found the sound they have been searching for. Buy this album and you will love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you liked Frogstomp - you won't like this

    I am a metal and nu metal fan, loved Silverchair's Frogstomp album, but was greatly disappointed with this CD. If you want a side of violins with your metal, listen to Metallica with the London Philharmonic. This CD presents a watered down version of this band that renders their talent nearly unrecognizable. The lyrics and music on Frogstomp were, in a word, angry, but it was a creative and emotional expression. These guys must have been completely over-medicated to turn out an album like this. I hope B&N prints this review b/c reasonable minds can disagree with the 5-star reviews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Silverchair Album Yet

    I reserved myself a copys of Diorama about 2 months before it was released in the U.S, i absolutly love it, its the best work of silverchair yet. If you liked silverchair's other work you should purchase this, even if you don't like silvechair's other work this is sure to change your mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST FOR ANYONE!

    No matter what mood I'm in, if I turn this CD on to any song, I'm unashamedly singing along! This album is totally AWESOME, and while some of their songs are great for headbanging, there is also a good number of songs that are incredibly gorgeous in their haunting melodies. I LOVE SILVERCHAIR, and this is the album that takes the cake out of ALL of them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Welcome Back

    A much needed return to a sound that was almost lost.Closer in the sound of the old stuff, it makes up for the slightly dissappointing Neon Ballroom. Silverchair doesn't reinvent the wheel, they rock it off the axle. The sometimes obsecure lyrics don't subtract from the grand musical experience. Just listen to "across the night", and try to get no chills up your spine. Alt genre fans, it's a must!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Diorama"...a world within a world

    "Diorama" has proved to be more than just a lot of media hype. SO MUCH MORE. For almost three years, devoted fans have been waiting, and finally the wait is over. Boy, has it been worth it, because this has got to be one of the greatest albums ever created. It charts the highs and lows of Daniel Johns's life over the break, where he overcame his depression and dependence on medications...what an amazing journey. Though it is very different from any of the silverchair albums you've ever heard before, don't be intimidated. It simply takes a few seconds into the first song to realize what a masterpiece has been formed. From light-hearted orchestral arrangements to dark guitar solos, "Diorama" is truly a world within a world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Like.... Waking on a Summer Day

    In true silverchair fashion, this new album transcends the already high level of creativity found in their previous releases. The band stays true to its roots and delivers the heavy bass, loud drums and awesome guitar riffs you¿d expect, but in addition to that is an intricate web of harmonies, orchestration and truly astonishing vocal talent that far surpasses anything I¿ve heard from a rock band. One can easily escape with this music and let the rich lyrics engulf you in sensation, but be warned: it¿s addictive! silverchair has taken a huge leap in creating this unique album and they should be commended for following their hearts. I¿m already anticipating what the future will bring from such amazing talent. This groundbreaking music was envisioned and created by Singer/Guitarist/Lyricist/Co-Producer Daniel Johns, who I believe is the artistic genius of our times. I dare you to listen and decide for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Instant classic

    This album is so completely genuine and original, I can't help but love it. I've been a fan of Silverchair since I first heard "Tomorrow" played on the radio back in the day. Since then, I feel as if I've grown with them. When Neon Ballroom hit the shelves was the "defining moment" for me. Having struggled through bulemia followed by an intense anorexia, I learned Johns had dealt with anorexia himself and that was what "Ana's Song" was all about. There was no looking back after that. I've been a strong fan ever since, supporting Silverchair in every move they make and I will continue to do so. Diorama is their best album to date and I have encouraged every single one of my friends to buy it, most of which have. It is impossible to give this CD a bad review unless you are deaf and incredibly stupid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Silverchair continues to amaze

    I have been absolutely enthralled by Silverchair's music for years, their creativity and talent prove that young people still have the power to create original and interesting music. Diorama just carries my amazement further, these guys will never stop cranking out something new and different with every single album. Still maintaing their punk-rock sound, Daniel Johns and his bandmates have also added something very special and unexpected to Diorama. Silverchair's music develops along with the group members, yet never loses its popularity among all who know good rock music when they hear it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Silverchair rocks us once more!!

    This is a great album! It's unique and beautiful! Silverchair is one of the greatest bands, EVER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Long time fan

    Silverchair, in my opinion is one of the most talanted band's of all time. They have been putting great music togeather ever since they were 15 years old! Each one of there albums has a different but great style. They have come a long way in the past 7 years to what they are today. I have been a die hard fan ever since I was 8 years old! They have inspired me and my music style very much. If you are a Silverchair fan I would buy this albem, it is one one of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant Beyond Expectation

    Silverchair has come a very long way since their debut album, "Frogstomp". In fact, their newest CD, "Diorama" is possibly one of the most brilliant albums ever to be released in the history of rock. Not bad for a few guys who seemed to get stuck in the "post grunge" category, even though every album since their first has inched upward towards a higher musical notch, largely due to singer/songwriter Daniel John's glorious writing ability. But without a doubt, Johns has taken the band much further than before with this new record. From the first track, "Across The Night", which opens like a miniature symphony into an epic full of poetic lyrics, your senses are relinquished from the everyday songs on the radio and pulled straight ahead for the musical ride that is "Diorama". The ride doesn't stop, with amazing songs such as the emotional pseudo-opera "Tuna In the Brine", the brilliantly orchestrated "Luv Your Life" and the best music and lyrics Johns has ever done; "After All These Years". There is no fear on this record. No fear of what people may think, even though we live in such a time where the typical is all that is given a chance to be heard. And perhaps this record may be too much for some to comprehend, at least at first listen, but give this record time... In years to come, it will be hailed as a ground breaking triumph.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SIlverchair in the states...Whats the problem?

    IM not for sure what the exact numbers are but Diorama is taking top of the charts in Austraila, and most of europe. So just because Daniel has health issues and can't promote the album the radio stations wont play them. Diorama Is and outstanding wrok of art, my favorite album yet, and Im a die-hard Silverchair fan. Orchastration,soulful vocals, and the even kept it heavy with the lever. this album touched my soul. Daniel your in my prayers get well soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diorama Becomes a Breakthrough

    This disc is a true breakthrough in music, Not only Rock. When I hard that the lead singer could not tour to support the Disc it explained why it debuted at 91 on the charts. I strongly suggest you to buy this and support a band that truely works hard, and lives their music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diorama: one fine accompishment

    Silverchair is one of the best bands in the univese because they aren't afraid to try new things with their music. A lot of people who don't like it are saying that it's too mellow and poppish; I couldn't disagree more. These guys have proved themselves by standing out and being different and I respect artists like that. All the songs sound different and I never get bored listenting to it over and over again. Some of the best songs, in my opinion, are 'Without You', 'My Favorite Thing', 'Tuna In the Brine' and my fave, 'After All These Years'. This also proves that they can add their own styles and mix it in with orchestration and still rock harder than all those other bands out there that try too hard to sound loud. Silverchair is under rated and I think everyone should get this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It' s just a piece of art

    Well with song like "faultline", "suicidal dream" , "tomorrow", "freak", "roses", "slave", "ana´s song" , "stem will rise"," afty2k",....and the new ones "the greatest view", "the lever"..."tuna in the brine"...Silverchair has pass to the book of the best bands ever and also to the geneous musician too.pick up Diorama NOW!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest Opinion

    Diorama, Silverchair's latest release is one of the best cd's made yet to this day in my opinion. Soothing Vocals and sweet melodies that will make your heart skip a beat from excitement. It has it's hard area's but mainly it stays with a well orchestrated almost Soundtrack like album. I suggest everyone check out DIORAMA, whether your a fan or not, young or old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diorama, you will love it!

    I've been a Silverchair fan since I heard their first album. This is Silverchair's 4th album. I waited so long to hear it. After hearing I was so pleased! This album is so creative, and they did take chances with it. I don't like when each album of a band sounds the same. Silverchair is not like that, you can see a nice transition in their albums. When I first listened to "Acroos the night" (first song in this album), I felt an incredible sensation, and I can truly say that this song is so beautiful. I could write so much about this album. Each song aroused a different great sensation acroos my mind. I believe that if you are a Silverchair fan you will love it, and if you are not one, I still think that you will like it, because it is just simply great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Diorama

    Each new Silverchair album brings with it a new era, and needless to say every single silverchair fan waits its arrival. From the Young talented and fresh new punk sounds in `Frogstomp¿, to the aggressive meaningful grunge from `Freakshow¿, then Angst ridden beautiful Melodies in Neon Ballroom, it really is extremely hard to label Silverchair to any one specific genre. I didn¿t know what to expect at all from `Diorama¿ and the enigmatic sleeve and song titles didn¿t really offer many clues, however as soon as I ran the first song I knew this was a completely new sound. Across the night really is reminiscent of Elton Johns `Yellow brick road¿. The Kaleidoscopic and passion that floods through this track really does excite you. Through listening to the album, every single song is truly a masterpiece, however 5 tracks really do stand out. These are the before mentioned unpredictability that is `Across the Night¿, the Crispy and Dreamy `World Upon your shoulder¿, the intricate and enticing `Tuna in the brine¿, the warming and soulful `Luv your life¿ and the twisting simple yet incredibly meaningful `After all years¿. Daniel Johns describes `Diroama¿ as `Colourful¿. This is very true. Neon ballroom was considered a masterpiece, yet this is also a masterpiece in an entirely different manner. Its poignant, mystical and even piquant melodies truly do stand out. If a person oblivious to Silverchair¿s previous work was to listen to this, then to Frogstomp I doubt they would recognise the band. It doesn¿t mean silverchair have changed and lost their ways, they have simply evolved, developed and got better with age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Never thought a CD could be so good.

    I loved this Cd it is very insperational. It is a moving Cd, I think all there CD's are great but this one tops them all!!!

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