15 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit, This Is My Hand is as worldly and as musically ambitious as ever. The fourth studio album by My Brightest Diamond (a.k.a. Shara Worden) finds her working on ways to bridge the gap between her avant-garde, experimental, and classical roots with the basic modes of pop music that demand greater simplicity; she follows her musical ideas to their own credible conclusions. A catchy melody and a tight rhythm always bring the crowds, and a mesmerizing number like “Lover Killer” feels designed to seduce. Tracks like “Pressure” and “I Am Not the Bad Guy” offer more complex handling of dynamics and orchestration. (Perfect, say, for an enterprising David Bowie fan.) Employing drums and horns, Worden even explores the dynamics of a high school marching band. What she can do in less than four minutes is breathtaking. The highlight “Looking at the Sun” compresses a variety of approaches (chorally and band-wise), with Worden’s vocals sailing through the notes with a dancer’s poise. The Prismatic edition adds the five-track July 2014 EP None More Than You, which includes songs and remixes not on the proper album.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit, This Is My Hand is as worldly and as musically ambitious as ever. The fourth studio album by My Brightest Diamond (a.k.a. Shara Worden) finds her working on ways to bridge the gap between her avant-garde, experimental, and classical roots with the basic modes of pop music that demand greater simplicity; she follows her musical ideas to their own credible conclusions. A catchy melody and a tight rhythm always bring the crowds, and a mesmerizing number like “Lover Killer” feels designed to seduce. Tracks like “Pressure” and “I Am Not the Bad Guy” offer more complex handling of dynamics and orchestration. (Perfect, say, for an enterprising David Bowie fan.) Employing drums and horns, Worden even explores the dynamics of a high school marching band. What she can do in less than four minutes is breathtaking. The highlight “Looking at the Sun” compresses a variety of approaches (chorally and band-wise), with Worden’s vocals sailing through the notes with a dancer’s poise. The Prismatic edition adds the five-track July 2014 EP None More Than You, which includes songs and remixes not on the proper album.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

roseytheoneandonly ,

This record is a rare gift.

It’s seldom that a record comes along that stops you in your tracks. Yesterday, when my wife showed me a track from this album, we stopped everything we were doing, bought the record twice for both laptops, and listened to it beginning to end. There’s an ineffable essence within it, a burning at the center, a beauty not able to be owned, only known. I’m grateful for this. Shara Worden and her music are a rare gift.

Hadlerleco ,

Unmissable. An experience!!!!!!

This album is incredibly rich in every possible musical way. Full of surprises, touching moments, beauty. Unmissable for any music lover, music junkie, or anybody with an interest in sitting down and being taken away. It is a vibrant, strong, rhythmic, danceable to, and profound album - all at the same time. It truly is her best work so far. Can’t wait for what’s coming. Meanwhile, let me get back to listening to it.

Steve Pardo ,

Everything.

She did it. Her best album to date. Also her most accessible, in the a very good way. Shara is simply one of the finest artists and voices we have these days.

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