Bible Belt [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
With its white suburban soul and pleasant, midtempo pop, Diane Birch's debut sounds like a relic from the '70s singer/songwriter era. Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Carole King are obvious touchstones here, and the twentysomething Birch (who wasn't born until the mid-'80s) approximates their vintage flair by aligning herself with the likes of R&B singer Betty Wright and producer Steve Greenberg, both of whom helped launch Joss Stone's career several years prior. While Stone's debut focused on the sheer power of her vocals, however, Bible Belt functions instead as a showcase for Birch's songwriting. She pens every song here -- a marked difference from Stone, who ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
With its white suburban soul and pleasant, midtempo pop, Diane Birch's debut sounds like a relic from the '70s singer/songwriter era. Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Carole King are obvious touchstones here, and the twentysomething Birch (who wasn't born until the mid-'80s) approximates their vintage flair by aligning herself with the likes of R&B singer Betty Wright and producer Steve Greenberg, both of whom helped launch Joss Stone's career several years prior. While Stone's debut focused on the sheer power of her vocals, however, Bible Belt functions instead as a showcase for Birch's songwriting. She pens every song here -- a marked difference from Stone, who performed cover songs on her own debut -- and sings them with understated grace, adding a touch of grit to the sustained high notes of "Fire Escape" and some coffeehouse sass to the sprightly "Valentino." Few rookie songwriters play to their strengths this well, and that's the charm of this record, which doesn't blow your socks off as much as whet your appetite to fill your glass, recline your chair, and enjoy the record from start to finish.
Rolling Stone - Will Hermes
Her welterweight voice is strong and fetching, and with help from Joss Stone's producers and top-shelf players, she nails some vintage sounds.1/2
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/2009
  • Label: S-Curve Records
  • UPC: 807315110123
  • Catalog Number: 51101
  • Sales rank: 29,287

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fire Escape (4:01)
  2. 2 Valentino (2:49)
  3. 3 Fools (3:54)
  4. 4 Nothing But a Miracle (4:23)
  5. 5 Rewind (6:10)
  6. 6 Rise Up (4:31)
  7. 7 Photograph (5:21)
  8. 8 Don't Wait Up (3:00)
  9. 9 Mirror Mirror (4:48)
  10. 10 Ariel (3:56)
  11. 11 Choo Choo (3:43)
  12. 12 Forgiveness (5:08)
  13. 13 Magic View (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Diane Birch Primary Artist, Organ, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Bells, Hand Clapping, farfisa organ, fender rhodes, Finger Snapping, Wurlitzer
Betty Wright Vocals, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Tom "Bones" Malone Trombone, Flugelhorn
Cindy Blackman Drums
Jim Hines Trumpet
Joel Katz Vocals, Hand Clapping
Lenny Kaye Electric Guitar
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Frank London Trumpet
Lou Marini Saxophone
John McCurry Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Angelo Morris Electric Guitar, Acoustic Bass
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
Sandra Park Violin
Lenny Pickett Saxophone
George Porter Jr. Bass
Shannon Powell Tambourine
Erik Ralske Horn
Mary Wooten Cello
Sophie Shao Cello
Eugene Pitt Vocals, Hand Clapping
Stanton Moore Percussion, Drums
Eileen Moon Cello
Raymond Angry Hammond Organ
Fionn Ó Lochlainn Electric Guitar
Daniel Panner Viola
Phil Myers Horn
Lisa Kim Violin
Jenny Strenger Violin
Vivek Kamath Viola
Jung Sun Yoo Violin
Liza Lim Violin
Dawn Hannay Viola
Adam Blackstone Bass
Shan Jiang Violin
David Creswell Viola
Minyoung Chang Violin
Desiree Elsevier Viola
Karen Marx Violin
Michael Longoria Vocals
Bobby Jay and the Hawks Vocals, Hand Clapping
Sarah OBoyle Violin
Eugene Briskin Cello
Steve Greenberg Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Tomas K. Carney Violin
Eva Burmeister Violin
Kuan Cheng Lu Violin
Wei Hong Yu Cello
Cole Williams Vocals, Hand Clapping
Sumyia Dabney Vocals, Hand Clapping
Sumire Kudo Cello
Jose Moro Vocals, Hand Clapping
Annaliesa Place Violin
Arnaud Sussmann Violin
Michael Roth Viola
Technical Credits
Betty Wright Producer
Tom "Bones" Malone Horn Arrangements
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Mike Mangini Producer
Alicia Svigals String Arrangements
David Gorman Packaging
Howie Beno Engineer
Steve Greenwell Engineer
John R. Angier Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Sheldon Steiger Engineer
Maxim Moston String Arrangements
Diane Birch Composer
Steve Greenberg Producer, Executive Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    NOT WHAT I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE

    I purchased this CD because I saw the video and the girl's voice seemed really cool. But a "cool voice" does not a CD make. Just wasn't my cup-o-tea. Songs were so-so...nothing locked me in. Nothing noteworthy to mention. Not into it...so I gave it away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent cd

    great voice

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    very sophisticated and worldly

    Diane Birch is top drawer and will get my vote anytime, especially because she writes her own tunes and has a real person feel & projection.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    An excellent debut

    Like other reviewers have mentioned, Diane Birch is very reminiscent of Carol King and other 17's singer song writers. I've found this cd to be very true to its description. I found her music to be very relaxing, especially while driving or cooking. Diane is very talented and I'll be listening to this cd for years.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Voice of Her Own

    Diane Birch sings with a great deal of soul and passion. I can hear gospel, jazz and blues influences, but her style is all her own. She composes her own songs, sings lead and plays keyboards. She's accompanied by a great band, including saxophone and trombone, plus a rousing chorus of back-up singers on several songs.

    Many of the songs are upbeat and high energy, but what I like most is that they don't all sound alike. Some artists are still finding their way when they release their first album, and their tunes aren't always distinctive and different from each other. Birch may be new to the recording scene, but she's clearly been honing her musical skills and sensibility for a while. Her voice is strong and confident.

    My favourite cuts include Don't Wait Up, Ariel and Rise Up. I'm not always sure of the meaning of her lyrics, but I quickly find I'm singing along and feeling good. This woman has a lot of talent, and I'm looking forward to hearing more.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Diane Birch- An Original

    Diane Birch is a breath of fresh air. She is very soulful and charming. I get so tired of the over-produced, half naked, trendy music that is out there. She writes her own music,sings, and plays an instrument. What more could you ask for? She reminds me of Joni Mitchell a bit mixed with Nora Jones, and the like. Her worldly and life experiences definitely show through in all aspects of this album. I think there is a little something for everyone on this album. My favorite songs on the album would be Fire Escape and Fools. I hope to see more of this young lady!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great songs from start to finish

    I love to listen to fun, upbeat music while driving, but it is often difficult to find a CD that pleases my ears as well as my toddler's. But that's not the case with Diane Birch's album, Bible Belt. Her album is enjoyed by both of us! She has an amazing voice and clever lyrics. Her voice reminds me of Carole King and Natalie Maines. "Ariel" and "Rewind" are two of my favorite songs, but all of the songs are great! I received this CD through the One2One Network and I must say I am very impressed. I have recommended this album to many of my friends and family members and I look forward to hearing more songs from Diane Birch in the future!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wonderful fresh voice

    My first impression of Diane Birch was of how much she reminded me of Norah Jones. She has a very rich, fresh voice that makes the album worth listening to. The songs on the album varied in style (blues, soulful, fast paced, ballads) but did not make me feel inspired. I do love Diane Birch's voice, yet there are very few memorable songs on the album and believe she can do much more with her talent. She has a lot of potential and I look forward to hearing her next album!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Bible Belt is a rare jem

    Call me crazy...I like to understand the words of a song. I love this CD because the music and lyrics have meaning, something clearly important to singer/songwriter Diane Birch. This album reminds me of another one of my favorite artists, Anna Nalick. I am very pleased to recommend Bible Belt. It is a rare gem.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!

    Diane Birch is reminiscent of Norah Jones, Stevie Nicks, and Carole King--in fact, she's a perfect mix of all of these singers best attributes. What I love about the CD is that it's such a mix of different musical genres, some of it bluesy, some upbeat, some almost country, but it all works so well. My husband and I are big on playing background music while we eat dinner, and we usually try to rotate CDs, but I have to admit that since I received this one... well, we haven't taken it out of the CD player!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    great cd

    First time to listen to one of her cd's and it is awesome! Wish there were more new singers like her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good bluesy listening

    I was very surprised that I liked this album as much as I did. The songs flow together well and alternate between more upbeat to mellow. Diane has a smooth, bluesy voice that's pleasant to listen to. There is a sadness in her tone though it doesn't make her songs depressing. My favorites were Valentino and Don't Wait Up.

    If you like Nora Jones, Joss Stone, Carol King, and others like that, you will most likely appreciate Diane Birch.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Debut

    Although Diane Birch is only in her mid-20's, she sings with the heart of an old soul. This debut album showcases her mesmerizing voice, which has a blusy, timeless, raw, emotional, and soulful quality.

    I love all the songs on this album, but my absolute favorites are:

    #2 - "Valentino", which has a very strong, catchy, melody.

    #4 - "Nothing but a Miracle," a not-so-typical
    'relationship song' with a very mature sound.

    #6 - "Rise Up", which offers a tongue-in-cheek view of religion.

    #12 - "Forgiveness," a blues-inspired song that showcases Diane's incredible voice.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Good CD

    Diana Birch is a great singer and songwriter. Her songs were so appealing to me and I really enjoyed them. Diane's CD has a lot of soulful songs that I really caught onto when I heard them for the first time. It was a very exciting CD and it will be one that I will play over and over again for years to come.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    You Need this Entire Album

    Diane Birch's voice is like liquid gold. Soulful yet powerful, this is the perfect album to cook with a glass of white wine, or to get romantic. Some albums have one or two good songs, but this is a special CD and you won't want to miss any songs.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Diane Birch Belts it out on Bible Belt

    Diane Birch's cd Bible Belt is a listening pleasure. A sound similar to Norah Jones, but not to the extent of being a copycat. She delivers a light-hearted effort with Valentino and a more soulful performance with Fire Escape which is really a great, easy listening song. I thoroughly enjoyed her cd and I highly recommend it to everyone. She is an outstanding, new talent and I really enjoyed her cd and I am sure you will too.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    New artist with an old school sound

    Growing up, I listened to a lot of Carol King and love her singer/songwriter vibe. It is the same kind of feel to Diane Birch's new CD, The Bible Belt. She has been compared to a whole host of musicians, but really does have a sound all her own. Her music seems to have gospel,soul, R&B, and classic rock influence. She describes herself as an old soul and her music definitely has a throw back sound, but not as overt as some of the others around like Amy Winehouse. She is far more subtle. I love just putting her on in the background and chilling. It is definitely feel good music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Soothing, inspiring, and hauntingly beautiful!!

    Only in her mid-twenties, Diane Birch has a beautifully clear, mature voice that is sure to soothe and inspire at the same time. While slightly similar to Norah Jones in sound, Diane Birch has added her own special touch to her songs. Originally a pianist, this singer-songwriter is sure to become a favorite with her debut album Bible Belt, which is rapidly climbing in popularity (currently #30 on iTunes Top 100 Albums, #40 on Amazon in music).

    This album is great to play while in the car or working on the computer. It is equally as nice for home use, while cooking, cleaning, or just hanging out. This album would make great background music for a get-together over coffee or dinner party.

    While I've enjoyed listening to the entire album, after listening to the cd a few times, I've developed these favorites: Fools, Don't Wait Up and Choo Choo.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Diane Birch is the new Janis Joplin

    Diane Birch's, Bible Belt puts you in a bluesy mood with her soulful singing, and smoky room filled piano playing. You have to listen to "Rewind", which is a thought provoking song. It makes you wonder if the circumstances were different, would you have made the same decisions? So many people have felt this way, but she articulates it perfectly in a thought provoking manner. The rest of her cd is similar, in the fact that it makes you really think about your life and how you live it. The anthem, Little Sister should be included in every teenagers cd collection.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    bluesy feel good tone

    After hearing it called a cross between Norah Jones and Joss Stone I was hoping for a nice easy listening feel. I got it. While the Fire Escape song is my favourite, there are many on here that will get you humming and learning the words. Its a great little start from someone who seems to know where her sound is and where she wants to go with it. I hope that in the years to come we really see what Diane Birch is all about and see her full potential realised.

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