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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


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.

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Rolling Stone - Mark Kemp
Diorama gets better with each listen.

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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
Larry Muhoberac   Orchestral Arrangements
Andrzej Liguz   Cover Photo
Daniel Johns   Producer,Artwork,Orchestral Arrangements
Paul Pilsneniks   Engineer

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Diorama 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
no time to go through it song by song, but the highlights (in my opinion) are tuna in the brine, across the night, and the lever
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new album Diorama is very different from Frogstomp, Freak show and Neon Ballroom. Silverchair are now older and their songs became more difficult and also better. I can't explain how good this album is, you have to hear it to make your own opinion. But I'm sure everyone will love it:)!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of you must have noticed that nowadays rock comes down to what they call ''nu-metal''. They all sound the same: Limp Bizkit, Korn, Papa Roach, Linkin' Park... Is that creativity? I don't think so. On the contrary, Silverchair has paved the way to the future of rock since 1995. ''Frogstomp'' and ''Freak show'' sounded like ''Seattle rock'' (Nirvana, Soungarden...). But ''Neon Ballroom'' has started a complete reversal of situation, Daniel Johns proving to be the most creative and talented songwriter ever. ''Diorama'' goes on with that, but with even more talent and magnificence. Instead of shouting, Daniel explores new ways of singing, with more melody and emotion. The dark period od Silverchair is put to an end in a successful marriage between rock and violins. This is what I call creativity: it's a gut-wrenching album. A must.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Silverchair keep getting better and better... from Frogstomp all the way to Diorama you can hear musically how much they have evolved. Their use of orchestration on the last two albums iss superbly done. Not many rock musicians can get away with that, but silverchair has done it artistically and with class. Johns' is a musical genius and I do hope he continues to be fearless and inovative with his music. I am sure that the next album will show just as much impovment as the others- however i cannot see how they could get much better! They are simply amazing and I urge those of you who haven't heard them ,or this album, to pick up a copy and tantalize your ears!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always loved Silverchair, Neon Ballroom was amazing and I didn't think that it was possible to do any better. Well Daniel and all the others who worked on this proved me wrong. This album is guarenteed to be a classic. It is so musically deep, you can really tell that there's a lot of time and heart put into every song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of this band since the early days and I have watched them progress into the wonderful musicians they are today. The pure talent of Daniel Johns is clearly showen on this album and envokes emotions never before touched. Diorama is a musical adventure the whole way through, it takes your mind on a journey but at the same time your heart and inner soul as well. This album features so many lyrical growths as well and instrumentation growth. The strings and instruments flow melodically and perfectly. I have never been so impressed with the talent of this band and I only look forward to the future. silverchair is and always will be a force to be reckoned with. If this is any indication of where they are going in the future I say bring on album #5!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most magical releases i have ever heard! Every track is spilling with greatness and they have proved once again that they dont stick to 1 genre. First track 1 acrross the night is a great starter, very experimental and magical its almost as if you are in the beginning of a new world. Track 2 the greatest view (hehe that rhymed) is amazing with its melodic tune and haunting vocals, you wont be able to get this song out of your head!! Track 3 without you is mind blowing and is another melodic tune aswell with track 4 world upon your shoulders. Track 5 one way mule is a pleaser for all the neon ballroom fans yet it is very graceful as his voice is an amazing key to the song. Track 6 tuna in the brine is one of my favourites as it is very experimental and keeps u listening to it, i cant stop repeating that song!! Track 7 too much of not enough is another graceful song with a very magical style. Track 8 luv your life is great, and the video is spellbinding itself!! Track 9 the lever is much heavier than the others but still fits into the same kind of musical experiment,*turn the mirrors face the wall* (sings). My favourite things track 10 is WOW amazing it really touches you and leaves the song in your head its very subtle yet magical! Reminds you of black tangled heart abit which is my fave nb track. And now to the closer after all these years now that really is something not only can johns play guitar and song write (along with playing hapsichord) he can also write a very good piano melody!! And the hidden track - MESMORISING. So what are u waiting for buy the album!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's so refreshing in this day and age to witness a band that has enough integrity to be original. Artists like Britney being classed as 'rock' should give you a clear enough indication that music just isn't what it used to be. When it comes to great music, just like great art, to try and 'fit' it in to a certain standard is to take away from it's true beauty. Such is silverchair's lastest effort Diorama. The Newcastle trio consisting of Daniel Johns, Chris Joannou and Ben Gillies have imagined a masterpiece that no genre in the world could possibly describe. Right away we're taken into a different world, a perhaps unexpected place, with the opening track "Accross the Night". And that's just the beginning. We are presented the ballad like track "Without You" and musical masterpiece "Tune In The Brine". The upbeat "Luv Your Life" continues the journey as we get a real taste of John's lyrical talents, and perhaps up until now, unheard vocal abilities. The out of tune notes on the album definately add to the flavour of Diorama. We end up in a place that no silverchair fan of old would ever have expected to be - Daniel Johns, a piano and the occasional violin. The album is a breath of fresh air. The band has arguably become one of the most original and talened groups of today. Diorama is by far the best album to date of 2002. There's no glossy finish here. Just music. The way it's meant to be played. HIGHLIGHTS - Without You, World Upon Your Shoulders, Tuna In The Brine, The Lever
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is truly a masterpiece. Its an amazing collaboration of rock riffs meets classical ensemble, nothing like you've ever heard before. Everyone can appreciate it. This album defines true musical artistry and dedication at its finest.You won't listen to it, you'll experience it. There will never be another album quite like this. Daniel Johns, Ben Gillies, and Chris Joannou have out done themselves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the new silverchair album from Australia online. I couldn't wait until August for it to come out. I am glad that I bought it when I did. It is the most impressive compilation yet from the guys. Daniel's heartfelt and meaningful lyrics are a huge part of why the music is so great. Chris and Ben do no less with their excellent talents. I can't wait to see them live again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diorama is one of Silverchairs greatest albums touching on every mood possible and the album keeps getting better everytime you lissen to it. Every time you here the songs off of this album you are bound to here something new that you missed before. the album ranges from metal songs like "one way mule" to songs that sound like they could be for the soundtrack of an epic film "across the night". Even if you don't like Silverchair you should give this album a listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Daniel Johns is one the best singers around and perhaps ever. This album is just simply amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diorama took a lot of getting use to. However, it did not take long to become captured by the whimsical sounds that were geniously meshed in with choppy orchestral pieces and a soothing voice with just enough agressiveness. This is quite contradicting but not far from the truth. Silverchair have had a lot of growth since their debut album, Frogstomp. Diorama just proves how passionate they are about music and that silverchair are not in it to be the next hottest rock revival band. The chair are un-comaprable to any other bands that have been released within the last few years and are in a genre of their own. They are not Creed, they are not Bush nor are they Nickelback! And I am sure they are thankful for that because we sure are. At least I know I am. They have been around longer than those media yuppy bands and silverchair's Diorama album is lyrically better and musically mature. Despite the unfortunate illness of lead Singer Daniel Johns, their album is still doing very well. No surprise there. Silverchair have an amazing fan base and they don't need to advertise as much as many other bnads do in this capatalist country we live in. Chair fans don't have to be brainwashed by the mass media just so we can like and buy the new album. Moreover, Diorama is one of my favorite albums of the 21st century (not that there is much to compare it to). You get the idea! Written by, A fan since "the beggining" now 21 yrs old, Catherina Igelzos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of silverchair since I was about 13 (now going on 21) it has allowed me to grow up with each album that silverchair puts out. Every album they do tops the one before by showing their growth through music. Diorama has to be the most amazing one thus far. This album takes you on this amazing unexpected journey with amazing music and lyrics. At the end it even brings you down with a beautiful piano solo...I'll never forget the first time i heard this album all the way through...it was an amazing experience. I suggest this album to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD adds a great amount of musical style and diversity to silverchair's record. This CD strives more towards bliss and a happier mood over than the past few CD's, which are also good in their own way. With song's like "luv your life" and "The Greatest View", if you are in just the right mood, you can see how to appreciate who you are and your life. Give Diorama a try. Jim
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes. Ever since Silverchair's Diorama came out August 27th, I haven't been able to put it away. It's a major turn around since the angsty Freak Show and Frogstomp eras, but this album is one of the most entertaining I've come across...It parallels Neon Ballroom. Daniel and the boys never cease to amaze me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album! It's unique and beautiful! Silverchair is one of the greatest bands, EVER!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd has a very wide range of styles and there's no way I'll ever get sick of it. Everything is beautiful in a unique way. In the words of one of my friends, "no one should be without this cd!!"
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of silverchair's greatest albums. It shows great growth as a band and at the same time still has exallent lyrics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
silverchair's albums have always meant something special to me. they always seemed to fit the mood i hapened to be in at the same particular time. i was angry during freakshow, and i was going thru depression when neon ballroom came out. but i'm basically fine now, i'm getting happier and i was so excited when diorama came out. it's always been amazing how i can always feel everything Daniel puts into his music, and this cd is no different. i'm also a professional classical musician, and it's totally amazing how much they've progressed musically. and lyrically, i'm in total awe of everything on the cd. thank you daniel for saying things in your music that i could never put into words. it made me feel comfort in that i was not alone, and it made me feel better. i have been a fan since frogstomp, and i will always be a devoted fan. thanks for everything since '95. you've gotten me thru a lot. keep it up guys, you havent lost your touch!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.