Special Affections - Diamond Rings
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9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

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Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

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  1. Jun 28, 2011
    80
    O'Regan's voice is the centerpiece. Unlike seemingly every other bedroom music maker these days, there's a real power and discernable confidence to his croon.
  2. Jun 28, 2011
    80
    Pitting his manly baritone against squishy feminine keys in the sexually ambiguous '80s tradition, O'Regan gives his transformation a thrilling edge, not least because there's real danger involved.
  3. Jun 28, 2011
    75
    Much of Special Affections is full of endless, nakedly straightforward laments like, "So I lay on the floor with the heart that I wore upon my sleeve when I lost your love" ("Play By Heart") or "If you want to throw a party, I can cry tonight" ("It's Not My Party"). It pairs well with O'Regan's knack for effortlessly infectious vocal melodies.