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Alela Diane
& Wild Divine
release date: April 5th, 2011

Alela Diane is a homebody by nature. The Portland, Oregon-based, Nevada City, California-bred musician, though traveled the world over, is most at peace within audible range of a crackling fire and her cat's paws padding across the wood floors of her creaky Victorian residence. And although her methods thus far have ... Read more in Amazon's Alela Diane Store

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Alela Diane & Wild Divine + To Be Still + The Pirate's Gospel
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  • Audio CD (4 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B004LWZDBO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Alela Diane’s debut album, The Pirate’s Gospel (self-released in 2004, commercially released in 2007), was a collection of vivid snapshots, musings on life, love and mortality, and contemporary fables that seemed to tap way back into collective memory.

2009’s To Be Still was cut from similar cloth, but it also suggested that Diane’s voice – sweet and strong with a hint of a yell and an expressive catch in the throat – could benefit from being pitched against something more than a spartan guitar backing. This is precisely what happens here with her band Wild Divine, which includes husband Tom Bevitori and father Tom Menig, both on guitars. Producer and engineer Scott Litt – who has worked with Nirvana and R.E.M. - was impressed enough by the demos of this album to emerge from semi-retirement and get back behind the mixing desk.

Diane hails from northern Californian’s Gold Rush country, and it feels appropriate that her music is more brooding and introspective than the expansive, sunny sound that one habitually associates with the south of the state. The opener To Begin is a case in point, lyrically based on a session of hypnosis, with its hypnagogic observations like "Her dress is filigree / She tells me all her secrets then I’m back on the street," and the conundrum, "Know you the colour of the end of the end of the end?"

Although the music sounds fresh, there’s a feeling that old American folk forms have seeped into it. The two Toms weave a melodic mesh of picked and slide guitar on White Horse, which, with Jason Merculief’s syncopated drumming to the fore, invites comparisons with The Band.

As well as having a technically impressive voice, Diane wrenches out her song-stories from somewhere deep, investing even her most cryptic lyrics, like Elijah, with emotional heft. This is a vivid selection of songs underscored by a bittersweet poetry. When Diane muses on darker topics like love growing cold and fading away, there’s an energy to her words so that even a line like "Death is a hard act to follow" sounds wry and defiant, rather than mawkish.

--Mike Barnes

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anon on 18 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
I've never bothered to write a review online before but for some reason I feel I have to stick up for this album, which seems to be getting pretty lukewarm reviews generally. I can't understand it. It may not have as many 'stand out' tracks as To Be Still, but as an album it's more consistent, the song writing is more mature, the lyrics more focussed and the group performances far superior. I personally found the orchestration on To Be Still a bit generic and incidental to the songs, like commercial window-dressing. Here the sound is much more integrated and the production is ace. This is up there with the likes of Neil Young and Richard Thompson in my book. Brilliant.
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Alela Diane's second album "Alela Diane & Wild Divine" is a great follow up to the Debut album "To Be Still" which was released in Feb 2009. Her powerful vocal has great sound against her band Wild Divine, who bring an altogether different sound to this second album, somewhat more punchy yet still tender.
This album has less of a hook than others in the genre but this is a strong and dependable second album from the girl from Northern California's gold mines.

There is a hint of Laura Marling here somewhere, with that gentle catch in the throat that spins an emotion into the lyric that is both clever and astringent, the darker tone through this album keeps you mindful of a grounding in her work which can sometimes feel ethereal and optimistic, like a chain phrases like "Death is a hard act to follow" keep you on the shadowy side of the folk line.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee PhD on 5 April 2011
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Not as good as 'to be still' but then what is? Sounds like country rock Dylan or country rock era bonnie prince Billy, do a country rock version of Alela Diane................. Very good indeed, not sure what some of the newspaper reviews were on about, very nice, mellow and uplifting.
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By Illegally blonde on 10 July 2011
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Much more of a rock feel than her previous two albums but showing the the lady has definitely got talent and staying power.
The haunting and oft time melancholic lyrics of the previous albums are still in evidence but are given a more up beat approach.
Still I think one of the outstanding artists of recent years and her music is the only thing I could thank Bob Harris for.
His playing of Pirates Gospel almost excuses his banal and self publicising radio career.
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I've just listened to this album whilst on a flight coming home and think it's up there with the best of the female singers around at the moment. Not heard her other albums but as Country rock is my thing (or one of them at least) I'm now buying the album.
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