Ava Max “Diamonds & Dancefloors” Album Review
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Diamonds & Dancefloors
- Genre: Pop
- Date: 27 Jan, 2023
- Content: Not-explicit
- Region: USA
- Track(s): 14
- ℗ 2022 Atlantic Records Group LLC
Ava has had a successful run of hits since she began her career in 2018, including five UK Top 20 singles and the number-one Sweet but Psycho. However, on “Diamonds & Dancefloors,” she establishes herself as a top-tier artist by releasing a collection that improves on the sound of her debut while also serving up content that brings listeners even closer to the honest Ava Max.
Ava can be seen lying down in a sea full of diamonds as she has also dressed in a diamond-crested bikini. Her red hair seems, and the lights reflecting her face suggest and evoke emotions of being elegantly sexy and the center of attraction. As the album name suggests, little lights from the shining diamonds denote the representation of a dancefloor with the lights gleaming.
Tracks and Features
Throughout its 14 songs, Ava examines the actual breakup and its long-lasting effects as she tries to move on with her life and recover from the separation.
The album starts strong with the inspirational “Million Dollar Baby,” which includes a sample from LeAnn Rimes’ “Can’t Fight The Moonlight.”The Weeknd-influenced elegant ’80s production, Lady Gaga-inspired vocal hook, and the Melody/tune from LeAnn Rimes’ Y2K classic “Can’t Fight The Moonlight” are all present. It should be a disaster, but it works like a charm.
Simple lyrics by Max can be clever. For example, she sings, “You always make it all about you, especially when you’ve had a few,” on the Eurodance hit “Maybe You’re The Problem,” which deserved far more than its UK chart peak of number 83. “Maybe You’re The Problem,” a pointed shout-out to her ex that addresses the end of their relationship, is notable for the juxtaposition of upbeat club-friendly beats and piercing lyrics. While “Hold Up, Wait A Minute” ventures into Dua Lipa’s nu-disco zone, “Ghost” is reminiscent of Years & Years’ housey synth-pop.
“Weapons,” another stellar pop anthem, is another track on which she sings, “Stop using your words as weapons / They’re never going to shoot me down.”
Some of the singer’s most intimate lyrics to date can be found in Diamonds & Dancefloors, with “Hold Up, Wait a Minute” in particular recalling the moment she learned of her partner’s infidelity and “One Of Us” highlighting their different perspectives on relationships.
The album’s title tracks, “Diamonds & Dancefloors,” “Turn Off The Lights,” and “Last Night on Earth,” are glistening anthems for letting go of all of the stresses and problems of everyday life on the dance floor.
On what might be her best pop song to date, she sings, “One of us would die for love / One of us would give it up / One of us would risk it all / One of us won’t even call.”
The chorus of the song “Get Outta My Heart” is so repetitive that it nearly seems comical: “Get outta my head, get outta my car, get outta my bed, get outta my heart.”
By the time the album’s final song, “Dancing’s Done,” rolls around, Ava has recovered from her previous heartbreak and is prepared to move on with her life. She asks over the chorus, alluding to Alice Cooper’s “Poison” and completing the album’s plot, “I want to give in to your dark temptation / I would like to touch you like nobody does / People like you and me were born to run / So where are we going when the dancing’s done?”
Diamonds & Dancefloors highlights Max’s unique capacity to transform suffering into strength. It won’t take long for listeners to feel unstoppable with this album, just as she intended, whether you’re looking for dance floors yourself or solo parties at home.
|1||Million Dollar Baby||3:04|
|3||Maybe You’re The Problem||3:10|
|5||Hold Up (Wait A Minute)||2:28|
|7||Diamonds & Dancefloors||2:35|
|8||In The Dark||2:52|
|9||Turn Off The Lights||2:36|
|10||One Of Us||2:58|
|11||Get Outta My Heart||3:00|
|12||Cold As Ice||2:23|
|13||Last Night On Earth||2:57|