Alela Diane & Wild Divine

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
After releasing a pair of hushed, intimate folk records, Alela Diane beefs up her sound with Alela Diane & the Wild Divine, an album that owes as much credit to Diane's newly expanded backing band as the songwriter herself. These ten songs paint a familiar pastoral picture -- there's much talk of horses, birds, highways, and open landscapes -- but they do so with a wider brush, coloring Diane's once-stark music with keyboards, light percussion, and electric guitar. She's a vintage California girl, with a voice that's steeped in Laurel Canyon twang and lyrics that split the difference between flower child optimism and poetry grad cynicism. Backed by a solid ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
After releasing a pair of hushed, intimate folk records, Alela Diane beefs up her sound with Alela Diane & the Wild Divine, an album that owes as much credit to Diane's newly expanded backing band as the songwriter herself. These ten songs paint a familiar pastoral picture -- there's much talk of horses, birds, highways, and open landscapes -- but they do so with a wider brush, coloring Diane's once-stark music with keyboards, light percussion, and electric guitar. She's a vintage California girl, with a voice that's steeped in Laurel Canyon twang and lyrics that split the difference between flower child optimism and poetry grad cynicism. Backed by a solid country-rock band (including two guitarists who claim co-writing credits on more than half the songs), her new sound is perhaps more indebted to Nashville than the West Coast's folk scene, but it sounds its best in the neutral territory between both camps, neither subscribing to nor rebelling against any single genre. In the weeks leading up to this album's release, press outlets tended to focus on Diane's new "pop-influenced sound." The Wild Divine isn't pop, though, and Diane's willingness to reach beyond her freak-folk bedrock bodes well for a long career. "At the end of the day," she croons on the album's final track, "the song that I sing is the same." Right on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2011
  • Label: Rough Trade Us
  • UPC: 883870061629
  • Catalog Number: 616
  • Sales rank: 97,591

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 To Begin - Wild Divine (3:33)
  2. 2 Elijah - Wild Divine (3:15)
  3. 3 Long Way Down - Wild Divine (3:04)
  4. 4 Suzanne - Wild Divine (4:11)
  5. 5 The Wind - Wild Divine (4:30)
  6. 6 Of Many Colors - Wild Divine (4:31)
  7. 7 Desire - Wild Divine (2:18)
  8. 8 Heartless Highway - Wild Divine (3:36)
  9. 9 White Horse - Wild Divine (4:20)
  10. 10 Rising Greatness - Wild Divine (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alela Diane Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Wurlitzer, Crystal Bowl
Larry Goldings Accordion, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
John Girton Electric Guitar
Scott Litt Vibraslap
Debbie Scott Hand Clapping
Lorraine Gervais Background Vocals
Simon Weller Hand Clapping
Jonas Haskins Bass
Jason Merculief Drums
Tom Bevitori Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Wurlitzer, Pianette
Tom Menig Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Alina Hardin Background Vocals
Larry Tracy Pedal Steel Guitar
Charlie Faber Standup Bass
Michael Logue Hand Clapping
Robert Gubber Piano, Wurlitzer
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Scott Litt Producer, Engineer
Dana Nielsen Engineer
Alela Diane Composer
Tom Bevitori Composer
Tom Menig Composer
Jesse Lauter Engineer
Diane Chonette Art Direction
Michael Logue Engineer
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