At this rate, dont be surprised if John ORegan is launching his new hair metal project by next month. Between fronting his Joy Division-derived post-punk outfit Matters (formerly The DUrbervilles) and adopting his Kylie Minogue-derived synth pop persona Diamond Rings, OReagan could very well be hell-bent on internalizing every dimension of pop music ever formulated in the 80s, a decade that he himself barely had four years to take in. Not that its a bad thing.
ORegans debut LP Special Affections was exciting because it captured an artist committing himself to a transition from post-punk rocker to androgynous glam star, a transition few have wanted to make and even fewer have been willing to risk — especially if their bands fanbase was just starting to accumulate, as ORegans was. His follow-up Free Dimensional, on the other hand, hints that Diamond Rings is an artist who is simply less interesting in the form he always wanted to take than he was while morphing into it.
Comparitively, Free Dimensional is more concerned with sheer electronic dance bliss than its predecessor, and its more up-tempo, over-the-top-euphoric cuts Runaway Love, namely ensure that it doesnt fall on its face in doing so. Hes thrown in a few primitive rap verses straight out of Ice-Ts lost recordings (if only ) this time as well, providing some welcome trance-breaking moments. All this attests to the album as an un-ironic effort rooted in genuine curiosity of another era, but one that ultimately offers little that a dusty Madonna or Duran Duran compilation CD doesnt.
Essential Tracks: “Runaway Love”