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Album Review: Mutual Benefit - Love’s Crushing Diamond

8 January 2014 | 1:06 pm | Lucia Osborne Crowley

With its compositional complexity and vocal maturity, this album is a joy to listen to.



Mutual Benefit's Love's Crushing Diamond, which doesn't feel or sound like a debut release, is at once sincere, patient and upbeat, combining clear, pure vocals with an eclectic approach to composition. The album opens with Strong River, which features a two-minute instrumental introduction with a distinctly ethereal tone, while the weakest moment comes with That Light That's Blinding – by no means uninteresting but certainly less complex than its counterparts – before closure comes via the catchy rhythm of Strong Swimmer. With its compositional complexity and vocal maturity, this album is a joy to listen to.