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With a New Album, My Brightest Diamond Plays The Bowery Ballroom

September 23rd, 2014

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden has employed many of her considerable talents in mixing cabaret, chamber music, opera and rock as My Brightest Diamond for nearly a decade. The operatically trained vocalist’s debut full-length, Bring Me the Workhorse (stream it below), arrived in 2006 on Sufjan Stevens’ label, Asthmatic Kitty. Pitchfork noted the “accomplished, graceful music” in praising it. My Brightest Diamond (above, performing at the Haldern Pop Festival live on Rockpalast) has since made a bigger sounding album, 2008’s A Thousand Shark’s Teeth (stream it below)— replete with 20 musicians including a string section—and a boundary-pushing LP influenced by her Detroit roots—2011’s All Things Will Unwind (stream it below). And on her fourth full-length, This Is My Hand (stream it below), out last week, she, again, moves in a different direction. NME gushes, “Shara Worden makes a bid to join the U.S. experimental pop pantheon.” And according to AllMusic, “this unlikely but captivating combination of high art and pop culture delivers some of Worden’s most creative and fully realized music.” The one-time New Yorker returns to play The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday. Another talented genre-blending singer-songwriter, Doe Paoro, opens the show.