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Where has simplicity gone?
on 2 May 2011
I have been at two concerts by Alela Diane in Brussels, one three years ago and the second only yesterday. I regret that she is now surrounded by five instrumentalists. Her texts and songs are better served by a minimal band than by a full blast one. In the earlier concert she was only accompanied by her father on the guitar and the mandoline. It sounded a lot better.
Her best to date is To Be Still, which is very melodious, much more so than The Pirate's Gospel. I think old instruments like the mandolin give a more authentic sound for her songs than guitars, electric or otherwise.
I do love her music and I am willing to be patient. I will even attend her next concert in Brussels. But I will not buy her Wild Divine CD.
Melanie S, Brussels