Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd.
Release date
21 Jan 2009
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Across the Night 5:38 63,317
2 The Greatest View 4:05 99,739
3 Without You 4:17 79,309
4 World Upon Your Shoulders 4:37 47,702
5 One Way Mule 4:15 45,797
6 Tuna in the Brine 5:40 47,664
7 Too Much of Not Enough 4:43 41,362
8 Luv Your Life 4:13 43,662
9 The Lever 4:22 35,968
10 My Favourite Thing 4:14 32,810

About this album

Diorama is the fourth studio album by Australian alternative rock band Silverchair. Released on 31 March 2002 by record label Eleven, the album was co-produced by Daniel Johns and David Bottrill. While Bottrill had worked on albums for a variety of other bands, Diorama marked the first production credit for lead singer Johns.

Johns wrote most of the album at the piano instead of his usual guitar, while the band took a 12-month break following their previous studio album, Neon Ballroom. Silverchair worked with composer Van Dyke Parks on Diorama; the album contains numerous orchestral arrangements and power ballads, a change from the post-grunge music typical of their earlier work, but consistent with the band’s previous orchestrations on Neon Ballroom. The album’s title refers to “a world within a world”. Five singles were released: “The Greatest View”, “Without You”, “Luv Your Life”, “Across the Night” and “After All These Years”. All except “After All These Years”, a promotional single, appeared on the Australian singles chart.

Diorama was successful in the charts but was not as well received by critics as the band’s earlier albums. It reached number one on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Chart and received a 71% rating on review aggregator Metacritic. It was certified triple-platinum by ARIA, selling in excess of 210,000 copies, and won five ARIA Awards in 2002.

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  • borgy

    One of the best albums ever made. A fair few people think this is over produced, but i think it's not, it's produced well.. You can tell there's no production trickery going on. Everything is a proper performance from a human being. Lots of modern music has a lot of auto tune involved / sliced together vocal takes and computer production trickery to make all the instruments stay perfectly in tune (beat detective for drums etc.). This album is just a great recording of human beings playing well together, with a touch of EQ and compression and a brilliant mixing job by David Bottrill holding it all together. That's why it still sounds fresh today. If you turn on the radio and listen to Taylor Swift, that's over production, 50 vocal takes edited together with auto tune 'cause she can't sing to save her life. This album is as real and human as it gets.

    26 Apr 9:44am Reply
  • justthesun

    This will always be my favorite Silverchair album. It's so underrated. Johns and Van Dyke are a magical combination. And I don't mind it being orchestral at all. It gives theatrics and I can see the songs/arrangements like a play in my mind, each song with their own unique story that I can feel deep in my chest. One can only hope that Johns doesn't stop. New album please.

    29 Mar 2014 Reply
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  • elf-culture

    uGH can I just make love to this album

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
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  • Dylbear

    This and Neon Ballroom is Silverchair.

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • HimitsuUK

    It's ace. So there!

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • -hopesfall-

    I have decided that this is my favourite album of all time.

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • tcbp

    Love this album to death

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Igor_Piegas

    10 years ago today. And I still remember perfectly when it came out and rescued my interest in music. One of the most important albums in my life.

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • thrifty182

    This album was released in 2002, not 2009.

    4 Feb 2012 Reply
  • vorstellung

    Outstanding brutal epic flawless MASTERPIECE!.

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • JessieOnTheMoon

    Simply excellent, their greatest & best album ! Essential & Unforgettable !

    11 Jan 2012 Reply
  • earthcrossing

    It's a great album and has some amazing tunes, but sometimes I find it 'overproduced', i.e. "Across the Night" is just totally full on with all its layers and way too much going on. Just my $0.02. I do however absolutely love "Without You", "One Way Mule", "Too Much of Not Enough", "The Lever" and "My Favourite Thing" and there's nothing to complain about with those songs.

    19 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ObywatelSW

    one of the best albums ever and definitely Silverchairs best album. Its so sophisticated and complex... You cant even compere it to Frogstomp. Different level. And if you dont understand this then you need to grow up;)

    11 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Rud-Johns

    The music from Frogstomp I think can be created in 2 days. This one is more emotional and complex. How can Frog be better?

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • TheHopperKiller

    it's better than frogstomp , a lot better .

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • BlueDotZong

    whoever said this album is their best, or better than Frogstomp, is a fuckin WANKER

    7 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ellyjellyfish

    so good

    20 Aug 2011 Reply
  • donkukis

    their best fucking album, without any fuckin doubt.

    14 Jul 2011 Reply
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