Diamond Rings - Special Affections

Format: LP, CD
Label: Secret City Records SCR 016
Year: 2010
Origin: Toronto, Ontario
Genre: synth pop
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Release Type: Albums
Websites:  No
Playlist: Ontario, Pop, 2010's


Track Name
Play By Heart
Wait & See
On Our Own
You & Me
Give It Up
Pre-Owned Heart
Something Else
You Oughta Know
It's Not My Party
All Yr Songs



Special Affections


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“There are ten songs right now—it might change. There’s a bit of everything. It jumps all over the place. Some songs are really guitar-oriented, some are piano ballads, some are in between, some are rap, some are really atmospheric. I would say the thing that ties it all together, mostly, are the lyrics, which I spend a lot of time on. That’s always been my favourite part of the song-writing process; really spending time writing lyrics that mean something to me, that rhyme in interesting ways and have metaphors and double entendres and hidden meanings.” Listening to the whole ten tracks, it just brings out the fun and happiness.

Even for the live shows, you have see it for yourself. At first seeing him live in Pop Montreal 2009, I thought it would be just a side-project thing for the lead singer of The D’Urbervilles but over the course of time he is gaining more attention from the blogosphere.

People have grown accustomed & enjoying his blend of catchy dance pop tunes. Beginning track “Play By Heart” is one great big epic piano pop ballad. Then after that things gets going on “Wait and See”. When you get to “On Our Own”, you just want to put your fist up in the air during the piano parts. The rest of the album has that throwback to the synth pop of the 1980s with some early 1990s techno beats.
-Ming Wu


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