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Something of an End

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Monday's Pick

  • Song: "Something of an End"
  • Artist: My Brightest Diamond
  • CD: Bring Me the Workhorse
  • Genre: Folk-Pop

My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden brings to mind the work of Jeff Buckley, Edith Piaf and Nina Simone. hide caption

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To fans of singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, Shara Worden is best-known as one of the cheerleaders and backing vocalists in his band the Illinoisemakers. On her own, sans batons or a shirt with a big letter "I" on it, Worden is a remarkable chanteuse who once called herself "AwRY" but now goes by the moniker My Brightest Diamond. Recalling the work of Jeff Buckley, Edith Piaf and Nina Simone — Worden often covers Piaf and Simone live — the gripping "Something of an End" sets the stage for her debut as My Brightest Diamond, Bring Me The Workhorse.

Propelled by creeping orchestral strings, which evoke a sense of theatrics more in line with a Kate Bush epic or a Peter Gabriel classic, "Something of an End" is a revelation. Combining brainy indie-pop with touches of art-rock and classical music, Worden's work — and her first single in particular — radiates brilliance to match her considerable ambition.

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