Speak A Little Louder [Explicit]
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Speak A Little Louder [Explicit]

October 15, 2013

  Song Title
Speak A Little Louder
All The Love You Got
Tell Me Tomorrow
Pretty In Pain
Love And War
Frozen Over
Diamonds In The Dust
Unfkd [Explicit]
It Plays On

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Label: S-Curve Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 S-Curve Records
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  • Total Length: 45:32
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B00FK04JY8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,022 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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If you happened to have just completely loved Diane's first album and were expecting more of the same, then you might be somewhat put off by this followup. The first album drew quick comparisons to Carole King and Norah Jones, but this one is much more in the same lines as artists like Florence Welch or Adele. There's an increased emphasis on larger orchestral pieces punctuated with a strong bass line. It's darker yet more pop friendly and seems to be closer to the type of artist that Diane sees herself as.

"Lighthouse" is the first song standout (I personally would have started the album with it instead of the rather mundane "Speak a Little Louder." It combines synths, strong backing vocals, handclaps, hints of piano and a throbbing beat that veers between 70s pop and modern indie pop and really sets the tone for the album. It's both darker as well as more interesting than almost all of her previous work combined. "Tell Me Tomorrow" has a strong piano line but pairs it with a restrained vocal and lightly upbeat music. If you switched out the piano for a guitar, it wouldn't be out of place on a Faith Hill album.

"It Plays On" is a softer ballad that is borderline magic. Hypnotic and ragged with raw emotion--it's worth the price of the entire album. Also, I cannot stress enough that the normal cd is not what you want-get the deluxe. "Adelaide", "Staring At You", and "Hold On A Little Longer" are massive tracks.

Some people may be surprised to see the appearance of the "[Explicit]" tag after the album title, and it's due to inclusion of "Unf*d" which probably isn't quite what you're imagining. It's one of the few pure piano ballads on the album and is actually one of Diane's most vulnerable and likeable moments. It's honest and so very human.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime and (a Little) Understated. December 11, 2013
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This is a superb offering from the unbelievably talented Miss Birch. It is a world away from her debut "Bible Belt", but is still a showcase for her remarkable voice and keyboard talent. She shares writing credits on this one with several notable collaborators, (presumably to kick-start her inspiration), but the tracks she penned herself shine through the brightest, and for that reason alone the 'deluxe' version is a must! The arrangements are more complex and modern, but the songs are fresh, original and beautifully constructed. Some tracks are immediately catchy, some are growers, but there is not a bad track on here and the whole album exudes quality. Fine music indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Second Album Leaving Us Yearning for More December 4, 2013
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Birch is an amazing talent, and seeing her live is proof. While some artists pale in comparison to their studio work, Birch is better in person (and that's saying a lot!) She is the real deal. When she launched her first national tour, her first stop was in one of LA's small clubs. Standing 3 feet from her, I was blown away by her authenticity as an artist.

Singer songwriters expose their soul and take us on a journey with each successive album, but often the second album falls sort. While Birch's freshman effort, Bible Belt, featured an eclectic mix of both blues inspired and pop-worthy songs, Speak a Little Louder is a more mature and serious effort. If there's a criticism of the album it is that it is too serious, bordering on melancholy. But it is her story; between Bible Belt and Speak a Little Louder there has been a lot of life lived, with tragedy and heartbreak. There's a sense that you are staring into her soul, and sharing grief and disappointment and, yes, eventual but hard won victory-in-progress. Definitely not falling short, Speak a Little Louder doesn't exactly soar, but it builds anticipation for more from Birch.

Bible Belt brought comparisons to Carly Simon and Laura Nyro, but listeners will find Birch's impressive vocals tinged with a Stevie Nicks quality on Speak a Little Louder. The arrangements feature heavy bass lines and impressive percussion and - of course - Birch's great keyboard skills. Unlike the second efforts of KT Tunstall or Duffy, Birch has improved, and I can't wait for more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, I just can't stop listening!! October 26, 2013
By J. Hill
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I am such a huge fan of this artist, and this album. Where Birch channeled 70's lite-fm in her debut four years ago to incredible artistic success, we find her diving into her inner Tori Amos with a dash of David Bowie (see Superstars). The lyrics are deeply personal and the melodies are superbly crafted and accessible. The production is much more electronic than her previous offerings, which lends a haunting, ethereal quality to the 16 song set (5 bonus tracks!) While her music may inspire you to dust off your turntable and give vinyl another shot (I bet this album sounds incredible on vinyl!), she is neither old-fashioned nor derivative. She is a classically contemporary artist that demands to be heard. Give this album a chance, you won't be disappointed.

Standout tracks: Superstars, Love & War, Frozen Over, Unfkd, Hold On A Little Longer, Truer Than Blue... basically, almost every track is a standout.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clearly Not More of the Same October 29, 2013
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I am a relatively late-comer to the remarkable talent of Diane Birch. I'm smitten. I started a few weeks ago with her first release, "Bible Belt." It is one of the more thoughtful, inspired recordings of the past 5 years. The purity of Diane's work compares favorably to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Laura Nyro and even a hint of the younger Dionne Warwick. It reminds me of Adele's first album not in sound, but because after one listen so many of the songs seem as if they've been friends for years.

"Speak a Little Louder" is the recent release. It marks a dramatic departure from her prior work, and personal taste will confirm whether it is a good or bad thing. The songwriting remains solid, personal and frequently haunting. The intro to so many tracks tease that this will be the ballad, the pure, stripped-down sound from Bible Belt, with hints of country and R&B and blues. Virtually all, however, quickly move to a modern day wall of sound, overwhelmed by the Homer Steinweiss production. Brooklyn notwithstanding, it's an odd pairing, and one that could have resulted (positively) in a few very big sounding tracks with strings and chorus. Instead, the steady build-up on nearly every track becomes almost formulaic and distracting.

I look forward to seeing her live, hoping to see the smaller band. An "Unplugged" release of these great songs would be fantastic. I'm still smitten, but I think a little less would have been a lot more on "Louder."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm so disappointed.
I first heard Diane Birch a couple years ago on "Live from Daryl's House" and was intrigued enough to find her first album, Bible Belt, on Spotify. Read more
Published 25 days ago by TheBrizz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
All songs are really good. I would buy this cd if you like Carly Simon or Carole King. Her first cd, Bible Belt is great, too.
Published 1 month ago by Gary W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Speak a Little Louder
I liked most of the CD. I liked the first one better, but this one is almost as good. True Talent!
Published 1 month ago by Joe Bala
3.0 out of 5 stars It's just okay
I am a big fan of Ms. Birch but I would have to echo another reviewers comment that she is just a much stronger performer live. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dennis Atwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Wave On The Shore
Soulful pop-rock performed with direct, unabashed sincerity and laden with enough interesting little quirks to place this album well above the pack. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul M. Lanning
5.0 out of 5 stars Great material delivered by a memorable voice
This album jumped immediately to the short list of my favorite albums. I discovered Diane Birch relatively recently as a result of YouTube suggestions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bruce Bensetler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great singer
I dunno . . . some may like her and other will bitch. I like her. This is a young girl with an old soul and she gets the message sent.
Published 3 months ago by Jaymis
4.0 out of 5 stars Speaking a little louder!
For me this album has been along time coming and now that has arrived courtesy of Amazon, I am enjoying listening to it just as much as Diane's previous albums. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Albert Cowell
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Diane Birch I fell in love with.....
I love the pure sound of her voice on her 1st album, Bible Belt. This album seems over synthesized and commercial. Not a favorite. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RoseZ
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly mediocre
Expected more since I really enjoyed her first album -- this material is weak with too many faddish pop effects. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. L. Smith
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