When I listened to this album I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. For those of you in the know, you are familiar with Dia Frampton as either part of the band Meg & Dia or even more recently as a contestant and eventual runner-up on season 1 of the talent show “The Voice” on NBC.
Although this album is listed under the Pop Rock genre in most peoples’ minds, I was intrigued by the stylistic versatility Dia shows on her maiden voyage as a solo artist. Yes, there are contributions from her sister Meg as well as her band mates, but make no mistake – this album has Dia’s firmly stamped signature all over it.
From the album’s first single “The Broken Ones” to the second single and my personal favourite “Don’t Kick The Chair” featuring alternative Hip Hop artist Kid Cudi, this album firmly defines Dia as a full and complete recording artist as a posed to just the runner-up of a televised talent show.
Her songs range from collaborations with the aforementioned Hip Hopper Kid Cudi, to country music’s Blake Shelton on the track “I Will.”
Aside from the display of her multifaceted appeal, the main reason I really enjoyed this album was because it had some simply catchy tunes with some really great vocals that appeal to indie lovers as well as pop rock lovers alike. Dia really blurs the line between slick and trendy indie style pop, pop rock, and even pop dance in some respects.
When you look through the list of contributors on this album it gains even more credence to its solid roster of tracks. For example, “Billy The Kid” was another favourite of mine, and when I saw that it was co-written with Mark Foster (Foster the People) – my reaction was simply “Yes, that makes sense.”
Another contributor, Isabella Summers (Florence and the Machine) on the track “Bullseye” shows a more “folksy” style to the repertoire along with “Daniel” which was co-written by popular songwriter Lindy Robbins (who’s written for Faith Hill, Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks, Selena Gomez, Leona Lewis, Brandy, and the list goes on and on).
It is clear to me this album is not just a pop rock album with a lot of feel good fluff. It’s quite the contrary. There is substance and versatility here with an artist that seems to know how to relate to her audience, and also pump out quality lyrics and really great vocals. Overall, if you haven’t had a chance to listen to Red by Dia Frampton – I’d get on it. It’s one of those albums that have about half its tracks end up on many a playlist.