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Dia Frampton - Red

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Dia FramptonRed
Record Label: Universal Republic Records
Release Date: December 6, 2011
This review is a user submitted review from blue_light_888. You can see all of blue_light_888's submitted reviews here.
 
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05:25 PM on 01/07/12
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Good review, personally I think the score is a little too high, but the review itself was well-written. I don't hear the Foster The People comparison though.

For me the album has a few great moments (Isabella, Daniel) a few decent but not quite there moments (The Broken Ones, Don't Kick The Chair) and a few really poor moments (I will, Billy the Kid). I think maybe because this album was rushed out for the Christmas market it was lacking the charm that her stuff with Meg & Dia does. It feels a bit saturated at times.

I hope that she gets a chance to record a second album because she deserves all the success in the world and I know that she can do better. That said, it was still an enjoyable album, it just didn't meet the high standards of her previous work with Meg.
06:25 PM on 01/07/12
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Were Homeless and Hearts Out to Dry not on the CD version? Or is that tracklisting just wrong?
08:05 PM on 01/07/12
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Don't knock Idol until you've listened to Matt Corby
10:27 PM on 01/07/12
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great album
01:52 AM on 01/08/12
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Were Homeless and Hearts Out to Dry not on the CD version? Or is that tracklisting just wrong?
No, they were iTunes bonus tracks.
01:59 AM on 01/08/12
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No, they were iTunes bonus tracks.
Too bad. Homeless is one of the better songs.
06:12 AM on 01/08/12
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Don't knock Idol until you've listened to Matt Corby

I was referring to Idol winners, who for the most part haven't really broken through in the mainstream. But I'll check him out! What are some good reference points?

Good review, personally I think the score is a little too high, but the review itself was well-written. I don't hear the Foster The People comparison though..

I definitely agree that the album was a little rushed, but every song still works for me. I actually feel that the diversity is a bit of a positive thing in this case, as it shows that Dia can expand without necessarily leaving behind the sound she wants to cultivate--that's pretty rare for a pop star and especially valuable for a voice competition winner.

Thanks for the critique, though, and I really enjoyed the insights you gave into this album. I actually didn't know who Dia was before I discovered this album, and so I've never heard any of her other work. Evidently I have more to catch up on in 2012! :)


I really didn't know what to expect, but this was just really good top-to-bottom. I was surprised.

Too bad. Homeless is one of the better songs.

Oooh, looks like I have more to look forward to. I wasn't aware that there were bonus tracks!
06:27 AM on 01/08/12
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Also, noting this here:

As AbsolutePunk converts to a new scoring system, I'll be reflecting that change in my personal scoring as well. From now on, these are the standards I will grade by:

-Going by the 10 scale like everybody else.
-Last year, when I rated albums for personal use, I used letter grades instead of the percentage scores given here. I'll still be doing that, but now I'll convert grades to scores on the 10 scale.

10 - incredibly rare, album-of-the-year material. A+
9-9.5 - fantastic, basically flawless. A- to A
8-8.5 - great, top 25 of the year. B+ to A-
7-7.5 - quality, maybe a few issues but still solid all-around. B- to B+
6-6,5 - decent, noticeable issues but worth a listen. C+ to B-

from there, consider 5 to be dead average (so a C). from then on, the scale is roughly the same, a 4 being a high D to low C, a 3 being a flat D, a 2 being a D-, and everything below that being an F. I probably won't ever review anything below a 4 unless there's something about it that merits a review.

-You may note that while I have switched over to the 10 scale, the individual scores are not all the same. That's because of fudge factor, where I attribute a slightly higher score to a good aspect of the album and vice versa. (The average, however, always evens out.) This choice was to capitalize on the category system while still getting to keep my new scores--win-win.
06:45 AM on 01/08/12
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I was referring to Idol winners, who for the most part haven't really broken through in the mainstream. But I'll check him out! What are some good reference points?

Good reference points?

Well, he sounds like a mix between Mumford & Sons and Charlie Simpson's solo stuff.

You refer to Adam Lambert, he didn't win, he came 2nd, as did Matt Corby.
06:49 AM on 01/08/12
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Good reference points?

Well, he sounds like a mix between Mumford & Sons and Charlie Simpson's solo stuff.

You refer to Adam Lambert, he didn't win, he came 2nd, as did Matt Corby.

derp, brain fart. Kris Allen probably would have been a better example anyhow :P

but I like Charlie Simpson and Mumford & Sons. color me intrigued.
09:38 AM on 01/08/12
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Thanks for the critique, though, and I really enjoyed the insights you gave into this album. I actually didn't know who Dia was before I discovered this album, and so I've never heard any of her other work. Evidently I have more to catch up on in 2012! :)

If you like this, you'll absolutely love Meg & Dia. Make sure you check out one of their albums as soon as possible. I'd recommend starting with Here, Here and Here.
07:20 PM on 01/08/12
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Nice to see this reviewed and this was an interesting read. Bonus points for the Encarta reference.

I actually liked this album too, I thought it showed Dia can handle pop on her own. "I Will" is really out of place on the record though, and by far the weakest track.

Too bad this only opened with 10,000 sold - let's hope she gets more exposure on the Blake Shelton tour and S2 of The Voice.
09:11 PM on 01/08/12
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If you like this, you'll absolutely love Meg & Dia. Make sure you check out one of their albums as soon as possible. I'd recommend starting with Here, Here and Here.

Will do. Thanks!

Nice to see this reviewed and this was an interesting read. Bonus points for the Encarta reference.

I actually liked this album too, I thought it showed Dia can handle pop on her own. "I Will" is really out of place on the record though, and by far the weakest track.

Too bad this only opened with 10,000 sold - let's hope she gets more exposure on the Blake Shelton tour and S2 of The Voice.



seriously, though, thanks for getting the Community reference (six seasons and a movie!) and I hope the sales pick up a little as well.

I Will actually doesn't sound too bad where it is on the album; thematically it's a little out of place, but I didn't feel like it was any more dissonant than, say, Don't Kick The Chair was.
09:59 AM on 01/14/12
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I don't know why but I just don't like her voice.

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