This is a CD whose appeal to me depends very much on which track is playing right now. It ranges from tracks that I crave hearing and put on my compilation CD-Rs for listening to in the car to tracks that make me listlessly reach for the track forward button. That said, let me state for the record: This is a band with a lot of promise. I will be keeping my eye on Diva Destruction. Not just because Debra and Severina are gorgeous and have great style, but because this is a band that is going to be turning out some great music in the future.
They've already done so on several tracks on Passion's Price. Songs that come to mind are the two opening tracks, The Broken Ones and In Dreaming, both for different reasons. Both are available for download at mp3.com. The Broken Ones is one of those songs that takes me back to the very elements of the gothic subculture that drew me in thirteen years ago, while at the same time updating them to today. It has a sense of depth and a compelling energy. The vocals range from almost mellow to almost screeching. The off-kilter impression of the opening keyboards set the feeling for the entire track Nothing less than a wonderful song.
With In Dreaming it's an entirely different appeal. A slower, more flowing track with layered sweet voiced lyrics and music that seems to punctuate them rather than carry them. All in all, a rather enchanting track. If you're looking for an introduction to this band's best, definitely go download those songs.
Unfortunately, the entire album isn't able to hold up to its two initial tracks. The third piece is more minimalist musically, but it is easily carried by the dark bangles-like vocals. Don't get me wrong, it's a good song, but it doesn't quite do for me what the first two do. That kind of sets the theme for the rest of the disc.
It has a few more high points throughout its running time, namely Snake and Cruelty Games, but to be honest after that, I lose interest quickly. I don't want it to seem that I'm slamming this record, because I'm not. I think it's one that is definitely worth owning for the tracks that I've mentioned alone. These are songs that were a very welcome addition to my collection. There is not a bad song on this record and even the ones that I didn't care for have some promise. They just lack the life of the tracks I've named.
I do honestly believe that Diva Destruction is a band that will be doing great things in the future, especially if they lean more in the direction of The Broken Ones. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that this is the case and listening to the great songs off of this CD in the meantime.
Post: Diva Destruction, P.O. Box 381036, Hollywood, CA, 90038-1036