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Time Is A Diamond – PlanB
Fresh from a tour of the UK, Adelaide eight-piece outfit PlanB have returned with a new album, Time Is A Diamond, and it’s loaded with party-ready anthems blending pop, rock, ska and much more.
The follow-up to 2013’s Too Late The Hero features some new contributors, including guitarist Peter McIver, David Lloyd on drums, and lead vocalist David Robinson. Additionally, the album benefits from the session work of Corey Stewart, whose guitar and voice underpin almost all of the tracks here.
Even with the revamped line-up, the PlanB sound remains familiar, retaining the big brass section and penchant for straightforward pop-rock. The real difference here is in the songs, all of which are well-polished and feature instantly hummable melodies, for which credit is predominantly due to bandleader “Sneaky” Pete Flierl and lyricist/keyboardist Adrian Miller.
Leading with the uptempo ska of What’s On Your Mind?, PlanB quickly establish themselves as formidable musicians, deploying brassy horn breaks, a shout-along chorus, and the lockstep ensemble rhythms that bind the album together.
Lead single Psycho Happy is perfect ear candy, reminiscent of ELO, and its sun-drenched tune bops along with the help of Cat Dog Bird’s Jen Lush. Cloudy With A Chance Of Rain follows, featuring Ana Simonovska on vocals, and its built-up chorus and slinky post-chorus horn melody is memorably catchy.
The fun continues with the feel-good pop of She Don’t Do Crazy, before giving way to the more urgent, Midnight Oil-inflected sound of the title track, Time is a Diamond. Waleed Ahmed guests on the Eastern-influenced Meri Jaan, which adds tabla and accordion to PlanB’s sonic arsenal.
Time Is A Diamond is an enjoyable record from start to finish that holds up to repeated listens, and PlanB will be launching it with a free show at The Gov on Saturday 12 November.
The PlanB Time Is A Diamond Album Launch takes place at Governor Hindmarsh Hotel Front Bar from 8pm on Sat 12 Nov. Free Entry.
For further information please visit www.planbaustralia.com
Photo courtesy Heather Bevan-Hunt