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Flowers And Stone
Diamond is an epic musical journey, brilliant, stunning, and courageous. It is daringly original in both voice and theme, tackling such subject matter as child abuse, anorexia, and life after death. But such heavy hitting subject matter feels beautiful and cathartic in the deft hands of this talented Americana duo. This is a new venture for Bettman & Halpin in that they have set aside the fast pickin’ flash of their bluegrass roots, and focused on texture and emotion, creating beautiful arrangements on which lay Ms Bettman’s powerful vocals and Mr Halpin’s shimmering harmony.
Using all the tools at their disposal they’ve created a journey for the listener, beginning with the anthemic “I will survive” themed title track “Diamond”, to the final rock solid wisdom gleened from having survived in “Shades Of “Blue”. One particularly delicate track is “Children Don’t Tell”. The title alone give one pause. Ms Bettman has once again paired a dark subject matter with a jaunty and catchy melody that casts a spell of normalcy upon this indelible story song. Other stand out tracks include the hauntingly mysterious, “Lady With The Lantern”, the circus cemetery ballad “Flowers And Stone”, and the sorrowful celebration of a dear friend’s life in “Bluestem”.
This album has cohesion in it’s production surpassing Bettman & Halpin’s previous recordings. The CD seems to have a very feminine voice, likely because all but one of the tracks were written by Ms Bettman. The duo has embraced the beauty and the depth of her artistry, not only as a songwriter, but also as a producer. Though Mr Halpin is clearly present and accounted for – he plays a majority of the instruments on the album, recorded and mixed the record, penned the beautiful instrumental track “Winter’s Waltz”, and of course adds his signature harmonies.
In the age of the digital single, Bettman & Halpin have created a CD worthy of a glass of wine and a good listen, from start to finish.
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