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To Be Still

28 Jun 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 13 Feb 2009
  • Release Date: 13 Feb 2009
  • Label: Names Records
  • Copyright: 2009 Names Records
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  • Total Length: 47:13
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  • ASIN: B001RJRBDM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,375 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Oct 2009
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I doubt if I'll say anything that other reviewers haven't, I just want to add my voice to the chorus of approval for Alela Diane and her music.

To be honest, I'm more of a rock and blues fan with a minor liking for folk and African music, and it took several listens before this finally sank in and I began to appreciate its full beauty and subtleties. Diane has an unusual and flexible voice which can, at first, sound a little dischordant but it isn't, it's very lovely and unique and you can't mistake her for anyone else. The lyrics are meditative, about feelings and friends and family, introspective but nevertheless communicating.

It's acoustic with the instruments never for a moment getting in the way of the strong voice. The arrangements are relatively simple with everything working in service of the songs. I like the occasional use of a fiddle which conveys a wistful tone and I'd have liked more of it. The songs grow on you, if not necessarily immediate on first hearing, they gradually twine their way around your mind and become unforgettable.

This is one of the best albums I've heard in years and the most beautiful.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By merlin on 17 Feb 2009
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Alela Diane's debut The Pirate's Gospel was one of those albums that snuck up on you. Pleasant enough, but seemingly innocuous on a first listen, repeated spins ensured it would entrench itself in your soul and place you firmly under its warm embrace. A mix of old world folk, campfire and shanty coupled to Diane's uniquely affecting voice; it was undoubtedly, for many, one of the records of 2007. Two years on, after a hectic tour schedule and collaboration that have included the wonderful Headless Heroes project, alongside David Holmes, she releases her sophomore effort To Be Still.

Opener Dry Grass & Shadows marks an immediate departure from her debut. Where The Pirate's Gospel relied on the plaintive and often quirky duo of Diane's voice and her acoustic, To Be Still sees her flexing her song-writing muscle, fleshing out the skeletal approach from her debut with traditional instrumentation including fiddles, strings, lap steel and some percussion. Where this works, the effects are enchanting; the aforementioned opener, where lap steel swaddles guitar and percussion to create an enveloping pastoral drone. The breathtaking, cello-backed atmosphere of White As Diamonds, the banjo chug of The Alder Trees and the towering The Ocean are wonderfully majestic and tear at your heartstrings rather than tug at them. On the rare occasion her song craft doesn't hit these heights, you yearn for the bare sound of her debut, the title track in particular, recalls the overworked nature of Iron & Wine's latest output.

However fleshed out these songs are however, Diane's voice is still the lynchpin behind this project and it's still wonderful, perhaps even grown in confidence, her range filling every nuance from hoarse and uncertain to effortlessly soaring.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Mar 2009
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I knew within the first few words sung by Alela Diane that I was going to love To Be Still. It had nothing to do with the instrumentation which I shall get onto but with her voice and more pertinently her singing style. I loathe caterwaulers and side-splitting over emoting but Alela Diane like the truly great female singers Joni Mitchell, Judee Sill , Catherine Howard sings with a purity and lack of affectation that lets these terrific songs breathe and makes them far more affecting than any amount of tonsil torturing hysterics. Though she does go a touch OTT on "Tatter Lace".
Just listen to the way she sings the truly lovely "Take Us Back" .Her voice occasionally quavers slightly but soars over other lines with out a ripple and the way she harmonise on the high notes .....quite bewitching stuff. The music is an intoxicating mix of folk and modern Americana with chunky cello's , sawing violins , banjo, mandolin, piano, guitar and adroit off kilter percussion.
"White As Diamonds" reminds me of the wonderful song "Rapture" of Laura Vier,s 2004 album Carbon Glacier ,an album and artist who she shares a lot in common with. The lyrics use natural imagery a great deal and there is also a naturalistic uncluttered approach to the song writing. Mostly there is sombre air to the songs but occasionally ,like the violin on "Take Us Back" ,it gets a little playful .Michael Hussey duets on "Age Old Blue " , a song that recalls the brilliant Kate Rusby song "All Gods Angels " off Sleepless.
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For anybody who doesn't know Alela Diane but likes Emmylou Harris, I should say that she's just as good if only touch better. I know that's bold to say but it is still very true. How she has avoided stardom is beyond explanation except for the fact that we live in a shallow society who can't appreciate real gems.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alec Willetts on 25 Feb 2009
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In the space of one short weekend this has gone from being a good purchase to being a revelation to being one of my 'desert island discs' to being the songs I want to hear when I'm on my death bed.
If you don't know her work it's a bit like a not annoying Joan Baez with good songs, it mixes Kristin Hersh with Iron & Wine and then dips it all in bluegrass molasses, but the voice is hers, and it's just beautiful.
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