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Pirate's Gospel

Alela DianeAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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release date: April 5th, 2011

Alela Diane is a homebody by nature. The Portland, Oregon-based, Nevada City, California-bred musician, though traveled the world over, is most at peace within audible range of a crackling fire and her cat's paws padding across the wood floors of her creaky Victorian residence. And although her methods thus far have ... Read more in Amazon's Alela Diane Store

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  • Audio CD (October 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rusted Blue Records
  • ASIN: B000I2JTAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tired Feet
2. The Rifle
3. The Pirate's Gospel
4. Foreign Tongue
5. Can You Blame the Sky?
6. Something's Gone Awry
7. Pieces Of String
8. Clickity Clack
9. Sister Self
10. Pigeon Song
11. Oh! My Mama

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Now here's a lovely surprise. A singer-songwriter who hails from Nevada City, California, and currently resides in Portland, Oregon, Alela Diane Menig has a voice that seems far older than her early-twenty-something years. This version of her second album has been newly mastered, slightly truncated, and resequenced: the changes are all for the better. But if you've not heard her before, that's cool; her early releases were all on her own CD-R label. Her sing-songy tunes are honest and earthy, her diction intense and mannered but never pretentious. It's hard to believe this crisp recording was made in a home studio. The songs--plaintive vocals accompanied by a slight guitar and backing vocals, often little else--seem situated perfectly between the parlor and the campfire. Alela's a talented vocalist, in the vein of Josephine Foster, Regina Spektor, and Jolie Holland. At times she even approaches the heights of Karen Dalton and Joni Mitchell. More soon, please! --Mike McGonigal

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2006's The Pirate's Gospel was the debut release from singer and songwriter Alela Diane. Hailing from the deep woods and winding rivers of Northern California Gold Rush town Nevada City, Alela grew up singing songs with her parents (both musicians). During a stay in San Francisco in 2003, she began teaching herself guitar and writing her first songs, blending tense, trance-like arpeggios, with warm, thick vocals and meditative lyrics about family and nature. Written in response to a loss of home and familiarity, The Pirate's Gospel is a powerful document of personal reevaluation and renewal set against the backdrop of generations past and future, mothers and fathers, life, death, and birth.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar New Talent. December 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Alela Diane Menig, whose father Tom produces and also appears on this album, hails from Nevada City, and only started to write and play in 2003. `The Pirate's Gospel' was originally recorded in her father's home studio and self released in 2004. Apparently she came to the attention fellow Nevada City native Joanna Newsom, who arranged her first live show. The album got a bit of a polish and an `official' release in 2006.

I've seen this artist compared to Gillian Welch, Jolie Holland, and Josephine Foster. I am most strongly reminded of The Be Good Tanyas and would add them to the list. Which isn't to say she sounds, that much, like any of the former, but that like those other performers, she seems to have reached far into the past for her musical inspiration, before giving it a twist of her own. In the process she has created a sound that, while rooted firmly in earlier times, is fresh, vibrant and ultimately timeless.

I guess this is a folk album(that's how most reviewers have categorised it)but all the songs are self-penned, and musically, it has a blend of styles that would place it outside of any specific folk tradition. As well as folk I hear a touch of blues, gospel and with all the piratical references, there is a nautical flavour too. Forget all that though, because the thing that makes this album so good is the quality of the songs.

The album opens strongly with `Tired Feet' a deceptively simple tune that you may find lodged in your head for days, thereafter the record never flags, sure some of the songs are stronger than others(the title track, `Clickity Clack' and `Oh My Mama' are just three of my favourites)but all the songs hang together to create a perfectly gorgeous album.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful December 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The moment I heard Alela Diane's voice I was hooked... obsessed is more like it! She is a wonderous storyteller with her voice, tambre, and words. Campfire gospel folk is perfect to describe this CD. She is a gifted, self taught artist who's career has only begun. Highly recommend anyone who is looking to relax, imagine and try something new.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and haunting September 11, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I literally just discovered this artist today while I was visiting a friend in Portland. I went straight to the local CD/Record store after our conversation and picked it up and LOVE it. Her voice is better than I expected. Sweeter than honeysuckle on a summer's day. I just love how she sweeps into her notes. You can see the songs happening in your head as you listen. Just real, soulful talent.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar New Talent. December 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Alela Diane Menig, whose father Tom produces and also appears on this album, hails from Nevada City, and only started to write and play in 2003. `The Pirate's Gospel' was originally recorded in her father's home studio and self released in 2004. Apparently she came to the attention fellow Nevada City native Joanna Newsom, who arranged her first live show. The album got a bit of a polish and an `official' release in 2006.

I've seen this artist compared to Gillian Welch, Jolie Holland, and Josephine Foster. I am most strongly reminded of The Be Good Tanyas and would add them to the list. Which isn't to say she sounds, that much, like any of the former, but that like those other performers, she seems to have reached far into the past for her musical inspiration, before giving it a twist of her own. In the process she has created a sound that, while rooted firmly in earlier times, is fresh, vibrant and ultimately timeless.

I guess this is a folk album(that's how most reviewers have categorised it)but all the songs are self-penned, and musically, it has a blend of styles that would place it outside of any specific folk tradition. As well as folk I hear a touch of blues, gospel and with all the piratical references, there is a nautical flavour too. Forget all that though, because the thing that makes this album so good is the quality of the songs.

The album opens strongly with `Tired Feet' a deceptively simple tune that you may find lodged in your head for days, thereafter the record never flags, sure some of the songs are stronger than others(the title track, `Clickity Clack' and `Oh My Mama' are just three of my favourites)but all the songs hang together to create a perfectly gorgeous album.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like stumbling upon a secret treehouse... August 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album is incredible. Something about it is so haunting, yet so familiar and comforting at the same time. "Pirate's Gospel" (the song itself) has become one of my favorite songs of all time. "Pieces of String" makes my heart melt, I love the children singing. "Oh! My Mama" is so sweet. Alela Diane's songs remind me of the fall season, childhood, running through the woods, familiar voices, comforting blankets....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yo ho ho and a bottle of.... November 20, 2013
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This is the second Alela Diane album I have purchased so this review is a comparison with my other Alela Diane purchase, "To Be Still." So, "Pirate's Gospel" has a wonderful raw and lively rural folk sound. I say "rural folk" because, for me, folk has become a way of looking these days, rather than just a sound. Anyway, if you have played a few samples and want to know if the sounds you are hearing are present throughout the entire album, the answer is Yes! Why only 3 stars? I thought the lyrics lacked the complexity and depth that is present on "To Be Still." This is still a good album but after a few spins felt I had got out of it all there was to get, it wasn't telling me anything new. It does sound great, but lyrically "To Be Still" is much better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow... What More Can I Say
Her voice is incredible as are her songs and lyrics. I found out about this truly gifted singer when I purchased a copy of Mojo (music magazine in Ireland & England) there was a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by mr. a
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear melodic beauty.
Clean and clear. Beautiful melodies. Complex rhythms. Delightful voice. Alela's gospels are given with grace, subtlety, honesty, and care. Stays young.
Published 17 months ago by jester
5.0 out of 5 stars Entirely charming
One of my most played records of the last couple of years. Distinctive vocals, quirky arrangements, but overall as musical and satisfying an album as anyone has put out in recent... Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by Antony D. O'dowd
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparse & Woodsy
"The Pirate's Gospel" has an unusual history. It was written by Diane on a trip to Europe in 2003, and recorded in her fathers' home studio in 2004. Read more
Published on June 28, 2011 by Marc Cabir Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic CD
This is an amazing CD, If you appreciate any music from bluegrass to alt country, to folk this is well worth the cost. Truly this is now one of my favorites.
Published on October 14, 2010 by windhorse
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb and mesmerizing album!
Should've opened for her when I had the chance! Does anyone know how much a private run copy of Pirate's Gospel would fetch? The one's she handmade herself? Read more
Published on February 1, 2010 by Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hidden Gem
I won't elaborate more on the previous review since it is spot on. This is simply another hidden gem for those who are not constrained by genre and packaged commercial nonsense... Read more
Published on February 7, 2008 by Bebeto
5.0 out of 5 stars the pirates gospel
i just melted...
her voice brought me to another place.
but it felt like home.

we are glad she now lives in portland
Published on June 13, 2007 by Kara Larson
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