The Silence Of Love CD
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Not so long ago the cover version was a derided format, associated largely with manufactured acts devoid of their own ideas. In the current pop climate however, the cover has become an admired artform in itself - perhaps partly attributable to the likes of Mark Ronson's Version album, and the popularity of the Live Lounge format and its copycats.
Headless Heroes are a collection of musicians helmed by Eddie Bezalel, a New York A&R guru who tellingly had a hand in the Ronson project. He is joined by contributing producers Hugo Nicolson and David Holmes, blossoming vocalist Alela Diane and a clutch of instrumentalists with a combined collaboration history encompassing Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, Smashing Pumpkins and R.E.M. The tracklist steers away from the populist via well known cult classics by The Jesus and Mary Chain and Nick Cave, towards lesser known gems by Linda Perhacs and The Gentle Soul.
Diane - an upcoming talent discovered by Bezalel on MySpace - sits vocally between Dolores O'Riordan and PJ Harvey, and her contribution to the reworking of Juicy Lucy's Just One Time could easily be mistaken for the latter. The charming traditional folk of The North Wind Blew South (originally by Philamore Lincoln) and the disjointed moodiness injected into I Am Kloot's To You are both well executed variations, but the plain acoustic rendition of the Mary Chain's Just Like Honey strips the song bare of character.
While the collection is endearing and pleasant, it does not display the diversity of ideas already thrown successfully at the classics by Nouvelle Vague. The songs here may differ greatly from the originals, but they do not separate themselves well enough from one another.
What's left is a quality ensemble playing tracks already beloved in their original form. A concerted effort at some official Headless Heroes material however? Now that would really be something. --Keira Burgess
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Top Customer Reviews
Alela Diane(last name Menig), is usually described as a folk musician(although she has, prior to this, only recorded her own songs) and is supported by instrumentalists Josh Klinghoffer, Woody Jackson, Joey Waronker, Leo Abrahams and Gus Seyffert who have, apparently, worked with everyone from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beck to Smashing Pumpkins and REM. Headless Heroes, is the name that she, dance auteur David Holmes, New York A&R "guru" Eddie Bezalel (who worked on Mark Ronson's Versions) and Primal Scream producer Hugo Nicholson have chosen for the venture.
The Silence of Love doesn't sound particularly folky to me and(thank goodness)doesn't try force any particular style on the songs chosen. The song selection is certainly interesting and I found it a plus point that I knew only one of the songs(`Just Like Honey')in its original form.
The album kicks of strongly, if quirkily, with Daniel Johnston's `True Love Will Find You in the End' but doesn't truly hit it's stride until the arrival of Jackson C.Read more ›
Perhaps I should also declare that I own Diane's two solo albums and love them to bits.
But here she shows her range, losing many of her vocal quirks to display a greater scope than her albums even suggested. In some ways, this is even better. The variety of styles she reveals, without ever being anything less than distinctively Alela Diane, is astonishing -laid back, intense, almost jazzy at times, always effortless and never less than controlled, she is a revelation.
The music is as you would expect, superbly played and arranged, but it is Alela Diane's show and her she proves she could sing almost anything she wants. The last time I was so impressed by a singer was in the late 60's and that was, well, Sandy Denny.
This is a marvellous album for fans of grown up music. Do your ears and mind a favour and get it now.
firstly the choice of songs.. apart from a few i have never heard of the artists let alone the actual songs... some really great songs from the 60's (Vashti Bunyan,Linda Perhacs),70's (Gentle Soul, Philamore Lincoln?) and more recent (Jesus & Mary Chain,I am Kloot) plus Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Daniel Johnston..
the album as a whole feels like a real album by a real band.. the musicianship is solid and beautifully played.. the singer is Alela Diane.. what a voice -i know her Pirates Gospel album.. but she uses her voice so differently here..especially on the closing 'See my Love' where she hits falsetto after falsetto.. breathtaking!
the production is faultless.
it's a real find and i'm sure people will love this..if you want to impress someone ..or buy someone special a present.. this is perfect
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm giving this 5 stars, but must admit that I mostly just listen to three tracks - Nobody's Baby Now, True Love Will Find You in the End and Just Like Honey. Read morePublished 23 months ago by mmisl
This covers album was made in 2008, since when Alela Diane (the vocalist here) has become higher profile via her ongoing solo work (with 2 new Rough Trade albums). Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2011 by sonobuoy
The Silence of Love is an absolute joy. It consists of ten well chosen covers. The album is fronted by Alela Diane's rich voice and backed by some very skilled musicians. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2011 by Infoman
Alela Diane here provides the vocals on this inspired collection of covers of lesser known classics. Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2009 by P. Sharpe
headless heroes is a kind of folk music, but then again, not! It's simpley too cool to be folk. Alela Diane has the most beautiful and almost fragile voice, but you can hear the... Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2009 by L. Hjorth