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Four years after her debut album, Bible Belt (largely Laurel Canyon folk meets ‘70s retro-soul), New York City singer/songwriter Diane Birch returns with the revealing Speak a Little Louder. Working with a number of prestigious producers, she immensely expands her stylistic reach. Steve Greenberg returned, but Dap-Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss oversaw the majority of these sessions, which took place at seven studios. E.G. White, Questlove, and Matt Hales add their touches where necessary. The grooves of “Love and War” and the marshaled vocals of “Frozen Over” make it clear that Birch isn't a simple craftsman but a forward-thinking performer who works at any level she chooses. The deceptive broken-heart track “All the Love You Got” isn’t the sound of a woman giving up, but of one twisting the knife as she wonders if her former lover's next lover knows “that’s all the love you got.” Ouch. The deluxe version adds five bonus tracks and an 18-page booklet.

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"All the Love You Got" - Diane Birch

We fell in-love with Birch's debut "Bible Belt"; finding ourselves pleasantly surprised by her warm, 70's "Carole King" homage sunshine-soul sound. Then, under the radar, second album shows up and it's a covers collection "The Velveteen Age". Expecting to groan, instead she stuns us with her takes on 80's Alternative classics: "This Corrosion"; "Bring On the Dancing Horses" and especially "Kiss Them for Me". Now, here we are with a new batch of originals and "All the Love You Got" is a perfect introduction. This young singer/songwriter is a gift; wishing her more love and broader support..she deserves it!

Deep tracks

Often the follow up album is given a bad name. The sophomore effort is a "kind" moniker often applied. But to this full length (& I do mean full length) album of originals that dog doesn't hunt. I find this album to be filled with smart lyrics and uncommon gems that you are likely not to hear on the radio. Diane sings of "bridges [that] are meant to be burned and some bridges [that] are meant to be crossed" and puts all the feeling into it of a truth teller. That's what a singer songwriter does. Tell truths. This album is not a love fulfilled album but a series of songs filled with longing, hurt and deep tracks that beg to be listened to again. And again. It's not a revisit to the 70's as Bible Belt was accused of. But a revisit to life lessons, what "Adelaide" felt and what your heart feels when it's lonely or simply a void. Some melodies will grab you others will lull you and give you peace. Especially the latter tracks. This is truly a deep track album and I think it will still stand years from now as an album that you return to on quiet nights when you're alone and just want to feel again. Enjoy.

Said it before, will say it again ...

... Diane is keeping alight a deep powerful and soulful torch. So thankful music like this is still being made. Amazing.


Born: January 24, 1983 in Michigan

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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,...
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