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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Canadian quartet of Kieran Adams, Carmen Elle, Paul Mathew, and Joseph Shabason was co-produced with Roger Leavens.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
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  1. Jan 27, 2014
    80
    There's a potent '80s smoke machine-ambiance wafting through the plush, slow-fizz synths and padded percussion that fill their debut full-length. [Oct 2013, p.100]
  2. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    Following through on both the gleaming productions of 1980s pop and the evocative murk of the short-lived trendlet called witch house, Diana creates larger-than-life soundscapes where private musings can flourish.
  3. Aug 16, 2013
    80
    It’s much more in line with Shabason and Adams’s work on Destroyer’s soft rock epic Kaputt, with its smooth sax, jazzy rhythms and 80s synth pop, but Elle’s breathy voice meshes remarkably well.
  4. Aug 13, 2013
    70
    Their debut is yearning blog-pop, which might be a bit ‘2009 called...’ if songs like ‘New House’ weren’t just as sharp as their 80s, sax-ballad ancestors.
  5. Aug 19, 2013
    70
    Perpetual Surrender's highlights might have had more impact if they were collected on an EP, but DIANA have a unique enough perspective--and enough potential--to make the album worth a listen for anyone who loves synth pop in any of its incarnations.
  6. Aug 16, 2013
    70
    Though they won't repeat the trick, Diana plunder '80s-aping blog-pop and find surprising riches in a long washed-out gold mine.
  7. Aug 16, 2013
    50
    In many ways Perpetual Surrender is the average British weather forecast; patchy, dull and cloudy with occasional sunny spells. Room for improvement.

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