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Legs Diamond - 2005 Diamonds Are Forever

ARTIST: Legs Diamond
ALBUM: Diamonds Are Forever
YEAR: 2005


LINEUP: John Levesque - vocals * Roger Romeo - guitars * Michael Prince - guitars, keyboards * Adam Kury - bass * Jeff Poole - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Turn Away * 02 Time Will Never Change * 03 Good Time * 04 King Of Speed * 05 Trouble * 06 This Time Around * 07 Let It Go * 08 Will You Remember * 09 Rain Down * 10 Loneliness * 11 Get You Home * 12 Change * 13 For All We Know



Look.. I'll be the first to admit it. I am as big a fan of this band as the hardened of all hard-core AOR and melodic rock fans. But to cut to the chase, this latest album from our yesteryear heroes does not do it for me at all. A welcome studio return is in order yes, the first time since 1993, and for that they should be congratulated. But the ground-breaking efforts that saw this band gain cult standing back in the seventies has lost its sheen. I wonder how much of that sheen walked out the door with a certain Rick Sanford? Bringing in the ex Shout and Wild Horses vocalist John Levesque was a good move but even he will admit he is no Rick Sanford. As a consequence, the sound of the band has lost one of its trademarks. The other two, the strong organ based melodies by Prince and the timeless riffing by Romeo are retained, but I can't help feel that Sanford was more than just a voice for the band.

The Songs
Lets start with the good. The opener 'Don't Turn Away' though a tad on the dark side does draw you into the album despite its songtitle. First sign of keys arrive with 'Time Will Never Change', the track sounding like a visitation of old Samson material from years gone by. 'This Time Around' and 'Will You Remember' admittedly have keyboards in them too, but they are at least musically interesting. The power ballad 'Loneliness' is a reminder of past Legs Diamond which is a good sign that not all is cut-off from the past. This is confirmed with 'Change', a real rabble-rouser displaying the definitive Deep Purple sound which had many people making comparisons between the two bands previously. Now the not so good. I'm certain the world did not need another AC/DC sounding workout with 'Good Time'. The vocal of Levesque sounds rather tortured in the process unfortunately. 'Trouble' is an attempt to foster the youth vote, with its angry and protestable attitude, but there's not a hint of melody to be heard. The trio of songs 'Let It Go', 'Rain Down' and 'Get You Home' all invoke a harder and dare I say it, a more rabid rockin' attitude. There's nothing wrong with that but I can say that tracks like these will go some way to isolating previous fans, though ironically enough, it might end up finding new fans among our younger listening audience.

In Summary
It's a long time between drinks for Legs Diamond, and those heady days of 1977 and 1978 are but a distant memory now. The reality check is that something needs to change. Either we as older fans need to embrace the band with their current and updated sound, or the band reverts back to what it did best. Since music is all about progress and moving on, I would suggest that it is us the older fans that need to make the change. But just how many of the diehard LD fans make that adjustment remains to be seen. Perhaps Diamonds aren't forever after all.. Ponder that if you will.

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:27:46
TheRE is some quite stunning material on show here. At over 63 minutes, the album is way too long with 3 tracks definately fitting the 'Filler' category, but The rest is in places prime time LD.
This Time Around' & 'Loneliness' both featured on the excellent 'Favorites' compi from last year, although now feature new vocalist John Levesque (who is excellent throughout). Both these tracks along with 'Don't Turn Away' & 'Will You Remember Me' are the album standouts for sure & are more in keeping with the typical LD sound of old. 'Good Time' is an average AC/DCish sounding rocker & along with a couple of other cuts let the side down a little. Otherwise this is a great return to form.

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