Boys and Diamonds

  • Record Label: Kompakt
  • Release Date: Mar 1, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
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  1. Euro synth duo, tuneful and sometimes haunting, always droney fun‑-textured, beaty lines under an unnaturally high-voiced girly-woman singing lyrics of no importance when you can make them out, which isn't often.
  2. Mar 10, 2011
    Sometimes befuddling but never boring, Rainbow Arabia is making music that ultimately sounds like no one else's.
  3. Apr 28, 2011
    Tiffany Preston impishly tries on accents for her FX-thinned vocals, Jamaican brogue here or a lot of Karin Dreijer Andersson wailing there, but it's the omni-directional whirl and clashing textures that consume the most.
  4. Mar 10, 2011
    It may not be the most unique and memorable of albums, but there's a lot in Boys and Diamonds to like; great thumping melodies, intriguingly mad vocals and moments of beauty (particularly the delicate drumming that closes the album) and shows that Rainbow Arabia are a band that have the potential to be far more interesting than their mundane origins would suggest.
  5. Mar 10, 2011
    The overriding impression of Boys and Diamonds, however, is of MIA's global smash-and-grab style of musicianship minus the bonding agent of an overarching personality.
  6. Mar 10, 2011
    Boys And Diamonds is a madcap trek around the postmodern musical landscape of a world on the brink of catastrophe.
  7. Mar 10, 2011
    Like a lot of music benefiting from the blogosphere's voracious appetite for the new, Boys and Diamonds is a bricoleur's hodge-podge of style.

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