Diane, Alela / To Be Still
Album: To Be Still   Collection:General
Artist:Diane, Alela   Added:Feb 2009
Label:Rough Trade  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-06-07 Pull Date: 2009-08-09
Week Ending: Aug 9 Aug 2 Jul 26 Jul 19 Jul 12 Jul 5 Jun 28 Jun 21
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 30, 2013: Moon
The Alder Trees
4. Jul 23, 2009: in the groove
Tatted Lace
2. Aug 06, 2009: Happy Hour
White As Diamonds
5. Jul 12, 2009: Jokers Wild
Age Old Blue
3. Jul 29, 2009: B-Side Sub
To Be Still
6. Jul 10, 2009: Time Traveler
White As Diamonds

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-06-22
Beautiful, folky, female singer-songwriter material from Nevada City/ Portland. In line with some of the folk-revival singers (Vashanti Bunyan?) or current folk/ freak folk singers (Joanna Newsome or Gillian Welch) with strong, stylized, octave-jumping, vocals. A great voice. Individual songs are good but the album is a bit too much of the same.

My picks: 1, 2, 7 FCC: none detected
1. med-slow, guitar, plenty of pedal steel and strong, octave-jumping vocals.
2. mid tempo. finger-picked guitar and prominent fiddle. Lots of harmony vocals. drums + cello later. pretty song.
3. mid tempo. drenched in pedal steel. light drums + fingerpicked guitar as well. a bit too wandering.
4. mid tempo, with a lilt to it. most vocals, w/ violin flourishes.
5. mid tempo, again with a lilt to it.
6. mid tempo. constant, pensive guitar + violin.
7. slow. plodding drums under vocals with guitar only entering later. mandolin added later. compelling song.
8. mid tempo. finger-picked guitar. dark song with mandolin and piano flourishes.
9. med-fast but subdued. A light and airy song. primarily guitar but also banjo + more.
10. mid tempo. mostly finger-picked guitar and vocals. simple and quite nice.

Track Listing
1. Dry Grass & Shadows   6. The Alder Trees
2. White As Diamonds   7. My Brambles
3. Age Old Blue   8. The Ocean
4. To Be Still   9. Every Path
5. Take Us Back   10. Tatted Lace
  11. Lady Divine