It took me a while to force myself to buy Low Vs. Diamond’s self-titled album Low Vs. Diamond because of the band’s silly name, but after enjoying every single track that came up on my internet radio station, I finally caved. What originally attracted me to the indie band was the U2esque sound and Lucas Field’s reminiscence to Brandon Flower’s voice. I’m thrilled with the purchase, because through and through, Low Vs. Diamond is a quality buy.
The opening track, “Don’t Forget Sister” is by far the best song on the album. The hasty drums and whimsical vocals create a blend that Sam’s Town was unsuccessful in creating. As deep as music can get, Field sings, “Drowning in a city filled with blue blood/Can’t you see your blood is thicker/You don’t need that fancy car.” Low Vs. Diamond makes the mistake of following “Don’t Forget Sister” with “Killer B,” which is boring at best because of how much it drags compared to the rest of the album.
Low Vs. Diamond has a few “diamonds” that are worth mentioning. “Heart Attack” is quick-paced and has a retro underground dance club feel that would be well placed with Carolina Liar, and “Annie,” a sentimental piano ballad (with the necessary added strings), is a delicate gem that is one of the better songs of the album. “Actions Are Actions” is well put together musically, with a piano introduction that swells with guitar, and ends complacently with Field’s voice.
Though I happily recommend Low Vs. Diamond, what this album lacks is punch. There aren’t memorable hooks and many of the songs feel a little too similar. Though Low Vs. Diamond is Low Vs. Diamond’s debut album, I can only hope that their sophomore album will have a bit more diversity and that the band further explores their music potential.
Recommended Songs: Don’t Forget Sister, Heart Attack, Annie
Toss These Songs: Killer B’, ‘Low Vs. Diamond: Low Vs. Diamond