Not up to par
I wish Diane would stick to her classic sound instead of going with the ethereal electronic trend that's happening right now. This album is no different from all the other artists in that genre. Bible Belt was a fantastic standout album, and Speak A Little Louder was enjoyable, but this one is just kind of boring.
Soulful & Sublime
Raised by the Wolves
I've been listening to Diane's album rather non stop since I downloaded it on Bandcamp. I think it is by far her best work yet, utterly soulful, addictively gorgeous and such a graceful departure and yet also building upon her earlier work in a way that feels like authentic growth. The opening hymn is heartbreakingly ethereal and the moment where it breaks into "how long ..." Is actually, literally, sublime.
Timothy Arliss O'Brien
This beautifully dark brooding album is very refreshing with all of its soul tones. This is definitely breathtaking and overwhelming. I appreciate such a unique voice in the music world and greatly appreciate this gift of music.
About Diane Birch
Diane Birch made her studio debut with 2009's Bible Belt, a combination of singer/songwriter soul and soft '70s-era pop in the vein of Carole King, Laura Nyro, and Elton John. Although born in Michigan, Birch traveled the globe as a child, bouncing between Zimbabwe, South Africa, Australia, and Oregon with her preacher father. Her musical influences proved to be as diverse as her upbringing, and the Suzuki-trained pianist eventually moved to Los Angeles, where she began distilling her love for Motown, blues, and old-fashioned pop into a uniquely retro sound. After honing her chops in England, Birch returned to America and signed with S-Curve Records. Bible Belt, which featured cameos from members of Galactic, the Roots, and the Jive Five, was released in May 2009. The album -- from which four singles were released in 2010 -- was well received and afforded her the chance to tour extensively. In 2011, she recorded the benefit single "Wind Up Bird Song (For Japan)" as a digital download; its proceeds went to assist with relief efforts after the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown. In early 2013, British rapper Devlin covered her song "Rewind"; Birch appeared in the backing chorus. Her sophomore effort, Speak a Little Louder, was released in the fall of 2013. ~ Andrew Leahey
- January 24, 1983