Let yourself be captured in Shara Worden aka My Brightest Diamond’s hauntingly earthy voice with Until Now, a six-track sampler that recaps the best of the singer’s creation. The album features some of the most memorable pieces from her three albums: Bring Me The Workhorse (2006), A Thousand Shark’s Teeth (2008), and All Things Unwind (2011).
From Sydney Opera House, the Lincoln Center, to the House of Brooklyn, My Brightest Diamond has left the audiences in awe with arresting live performances that have garnered a hefty pack of fans, including big names such as Bon Iver, The Decemberists, and David Byrne, to name a few.
First stop is the invigorating Golden Star that’s perfectly laced with alternative guitar-and-drum arrangement as well as touches of atmospheric orchestra stylings. Shara possesses a unique voice that has that distinct balance of rough and softness. Her textured vocals belts into high falsettos at some spots, adding an unexpected variation on the record.
Ambient and loungey, From the Top of the World is the perfect companion to late-night drinks at home or at the bar. Listen as the band’s soft arrangement supports Shara’s soulful and ambient vocals.
I Have Never Loved Someone wraps up the album in a stripped and melancholic serenade of church organ and hushed, controlled vocals. It’s amazing how throughout the album, the listeners are treated into varying degrees and timbre of Shara’s vocal prowess. Because of her flexibility and perfect delivery, it is no wonder how this alternative pop siren has lasted in the musicape for seven years (and counting).
Until Now is a great introduction to new listeners of My Brightest Diamond, as it clearly captures what the artist can offer in terms of production, clarity, and sonic quality.
1. Golden Star
3. From the Top of the World
4. Inside a Boy
5. We Added It Up
6. I Have Never Loved Someone