11 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alela Diane grew up in rural Northern California (in the same town as pal Joanna Newsom), surrounded by nature and her parents’ fondness for folk and bluegrass. With a voice as haunting as Cat Power, and as weightless and airy as Hope Sandoval, Diane’s music can be fragile and bracing at the same time. Pedal steel guitars and mournful hillbilly tones on tracks like “Dry Grass & Shadows” or “Age Old Blue” (where Michael Hurley joins Diane on vocals) are as luminous and tranquil as are her softer trills and the sparkling mandolins and 12-strings on tracks like “To Be Still” and “The Ocean.”  It’s easy to hear her admiration for the great Sandy Denny on tunes like “Every Path” and “Lady Divine,” where her beautiful voice shows the same kind of confidence and genteel brawniness as Denny’s.  Alela Diane recently became part of the Portland, OR music scene, and in 2009 lent her vocals to the Headless Heroes project, a collection of cover songs by artists as varied as Vashti Bunyan and Spaceman 3.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alela Diane grew up in rural Northern California (in the same town as pal Joanna Newsom), surrounded by nature and her parents’ fondness for folk and bluegrass. With a voice as haunting as Cat Power, and as weightless and airy as Hope Sandoval, Diane’s music can be fragile and bracing at the same time. Pedal steel guitars and mournful hillbilly tones on tracks like “Dry Grass & Shadows” or “Age Old Blue” (where Michael Hurley joins Diane on vocals) are as luminous and tranquil as are her softer trills and the sparkling mandolins and 12-strings on tracks like “To Be Still” and “The Ocean.”  It’s easy to hear her admiration for the great Sandy Denny on tunes like “Every Path” and “Lady Divine,” where her beautiful voice shows the same kind of confidence and genteel brawniness as Denny’s.  Alela Diane recently became part of the Portland, OR music scene, and in 2009 lent her vocals to the Headless Heroes project, a collection of cover songs by artists as varied as Vashti Bunyan and Spaceman 3.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
129 Ratings

129 Ratings

Eagle Freedom ,

Take Us Back is beautiful

Stumbled upon Alela Diane when her song "Take Us Back" was used in the credits for "The Walking Dead" video game. I couldn't resist buying the song; it's a beautifully made song.

highskylight ,

Powerful

There is something about Alela Diane's music that makes it more than the sum of its parts. A stunning blend of innocence and wisdom, something ancient and something fresh, her voice, instrumentation, and deceptively simple lyrics seem to evoke a mysterious and different time. When I listen to her music, it is almost a spiritual experience for me in its ability to soothe and rejuvenate. Like campfire songs or lullabies, they are fun -- and sometimes necessary -- to sing along to. Her previous album, Pirate's Gospel, is utterly delightful, and this newest album does not disappoint. I would highly recommend both.

mikey jay ,

=D

the musical lyrics are pretty good i likem musta put lotsa effort into this album the lady's talents are endless and produce great music! i really like white as diamonds and the ocean those are great songs =D yay

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