Black Glitter Diaries is a sonic spectacle filled with ambient musicianship and laced with emotional passages of lyric. “Agnes and the Shadowlamb” opens the disc with a burst of distorted and textured guitars when suddenly we, the listener, are lifted into empty space as the bottom completely drops from the mix and we’re left feeling weightless. Slowly, the music begins to build and flow around our suspended forms and, rather than the ground meeting our feet again, we’re carried through time and space as a marvelous journey of sound acts as our vehicle to another reality. By the time “Howling at the Dam” winds down, we find that our physical forms have barely moved, but we know that our spiritual form has.
Jade writes a catchy melody and cleverly mixes that dynamic in the ambient sound of lush keyboards and textured guitars. The chorus for “Agnes and the Shadowlamb”, as that of “Scream, Atomic Boy” are as striking as anything we’re forced to listen to on the radio . . . just better. His voice has that tortured quality that all the great singer / songwriters have, but there’s also something else very unique to the nuance. It has a bit of swagger without being overly cocky. At times, it shimmers like a shadow to Ian Astbury, at others, is reminiscent of a mellow David Gilmour. Check out the tune, “Elliott” for the Gilmour-esque vocal work. This song is simply a wonderous piano driven tune dripping with somberness and the vocals convey a mixture of hope and sadness.
“We Were Eternal” features a beautiful guitar passage to the accompanying lyric. As the song continues, it just grows in magnitude as percussion, synthesizers, and gorgeous vocal harmonies enter the aural field. What an amazingly epic tune!
As much as Jade Leary opens himself on a emotional level, he’s not afraid to let the distortion ring out and get a little bombastic. There is absolutely nothing boring about Black Glitter Diaries. The dynamic mixture of heavy and mellow tracks make this a truly entertaining listen. “The Black Stars” opens up as heavily as “We Were Eternal” is mellow. “Saints in Cadillacs” is a bass heavy brooding tune that could have you thinking of Nine Inch Nails. I personally want to put on my leather jacket, grab some reflective sunglasses, slick back my hair, and strut down the street with attitude when I hear this track. It’s got a swagger to it and is a fresh change of pace from the rest of the tunes.