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Review: Doro - Classic Diamonds
Classic Diamonds

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 39:21
Tracks: 12
Genre: Metal/Hard Rock

Review online: December 9, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating
Classic Diamonds

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

"Classic Diamonds" is a 'best of…compilation' type of deal from Doro. And while she has had more than a dozen metal releases in her long career, this one is highly questionable as to where it is going. Actually, I am going to forget about genre technicalities here because although there are hardly ANY traces of distorted guitars on this album, it still has the metal aesthetics in tact and consists of acoustic/hard rock versions of her metal songs she has done in the past.

I will come right out and say that I do not enjoy this album. The first two tracks are really good and perhaps the only two I will ever want to listen to again. The rest are just too bland for my liking. A lot of very mellow and 'lovy dovy' type of songs and ballads on here which do not do much for me at all. The problem here is very simple. These are all decent songs, but being stripped out of their original forms, and playing acoustic/symphonic versions really does not work. Hey…not all songs can be converted into good acoustic pieces. That just cannot happen. And although these are not all acoustic songs, the attempt is similar in the manner that the symphony and violins try to replace the guitars, but just stop short of deliver something memorable. The first 2 songs are the only ones where this seems to have worked and the result is quite enjoyable and catchy. The rest…not so much.

Doro is a great artist and she should just stick to what she does best. This is a decent experimental effort but it goes a little too far with what it is trying to do. There are a few brand new tracks, but they all flow in the same vein as the rest of the songs. Longtime Doro fans will probably get a kick out of hearing these songs but for the newcomer, this might not do much.

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