Speak a Little Louder (Deluxe Version) by Diane Birch on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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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

  • ORIGIN
    Michigan
  • BORN
    Jan 24, 1983

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