Sara Diamond : SaraX Review
Sara Diamond is a vocalist with an incredibly unique sound with her latest project, SaraX. With eight tracks that showcase her enticing gift as a powerful vocalist that blends her strengths of clever songwriting and soulful embellishments. The indie-pop star has gained over 22 million streams worldwide on her own music and another 18 million on collaborations with Kaskade, Adventure Club, NASAYA, Tyler Shaw, and several others. Diamond is Canadian-born, living in LA, and is working on developing an album, executive produced by Dominique Sanders in collaboration with Brian Kennedy and Stixx Taylor. The album is slated for Fall 2022. In the meantime, Sara will be releasing her final EP leading into the album, SaraX.
“Not All Fun Is Forever” is a relaxed ballad that finds Diamond being supported by cinematic strings, light drums, and tasteful guitar. Her confident vocal delivery and her warm tone keep you enthralled as the lyrics sing of someone missing their lover. Diamond co-produced the track with DJ Coco and Gage Brown. The vocal harmonies add richness to phrases. In addition, Diamond’s soulful embellishments at the end of phrases are a treat to hear.
Diamond also deals with other challenges of relationships with her post-breakup anthem, “Happy with Me.” Here the Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based singer showcases her sultry singing. Again, Diamond puts emphasis on various phrases with well-placed vocal harmonies. The sparse instrumentation is pleasant for the first section. However, when the hi-hat enters, it does so with a generic pattern and additional drumbeat. Diamond’s vocal counterpoint in the background for the song’s second half is delightful.
Diamond has fantastic vocal chops. However, I would love to hear her in a more natural setting without all the electronic drums, hi-hats, and electro-pop coverings. A real band would suit her style, add dynamics and match the richness of her delivery and vocal colorings. Here’s to hoping that is the direction for her album in the Fall of 2022; she is undoubtedly one to watch.
June 17, 2022