Diego Sandrin â€“ A Fine Day Between Addictions / 2007 Self / 13 Tracks / http://www.diegosandrin.com /
For those individuals that have to have pretty much any punk recording, the name Diego Sandrin will be familiar. She was the mastermind behind the Italian punk group Ice and the Iced. Other individuals may know Sandrin for the fact that Lisa Marie Presley included a song that she wrote with Sandrin on her album â€œTo Whom It May Concernâ€. There seems to be a pretty good buzz behind this album already, as the Sony Vaio line has chosen one of the tracks from â€œA Fine Day Between Addictionsâ€ â€“ â€œSammyâ€™s Farmâ€ â€“ to be loaded on their computers.
The question comes up: â€œIs the album as good as it sounds on paper?â€ Simply put, the answer is yes. â€œBlanketâ€ Is the first track on the album, and while the style of the music present is not qualitatively different from any of the singer-songwriter rock that has came out in the last decade, the soulful sounds of Sandrinâ€™s vocals really will make individuals think of a John Mellencamp or a Bob Dylan. The fact that the arrangements on this track can be so Spartan and yet still carry listeners to the end of the song shows the ability of Sandrin, as well as bringing individuals to the second track, â€œFrom Music To Nothingâ€. â€œFrom Music To Nothingâ€ has more in the way of instrumentation creating the net with which the vocals can rest, but the focal point of the track remains on Sandrinâ€™s vocals. The vocals this time change in style slightly, moving towards more of a Chris Isaak type of sound than anything.
The use of a second vocal layer during the track gives the song a full sound that differentiates it from the rest of the tracks on the disc. This bodes well for Sandrin, as it becomes hard to fall into a rut when one is continually shifting the styles present on an album as Sandrin does on â€œA Fine Day Between Addictionsâ€. The second set of vocals continue during â€œBad Gracesâ€, and the hopeful sound of each set of vocals during this track continue the same solid sound that has graced the previous tracks on the album. Even when Sandrin slows things down, as is the case during â€œ45,000,000 and Oneâ€, the clarity and smooth sound of his vocals will ensure that listeners stick with the disc. Sandrin will be the next big thing when it comes to emotional, guitar-led pop music; listen to a â€œFaulty Mindâ€ or â€œPigeonsâ€ and I can ensure that one will become a fan.
Top Tracks: Pretty Angel, Pigeons