Speak A Little Louder [Explicit]

October 15, 2013 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • 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 (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,851 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

She sounded every bit as good as the album with a slightly heavier beat on some tracks.
Troy Bartlett
It will make many best of year end lists and, if there is any justice, you will hear many of these songs on the radio for a long time to come.
jljbird
Amazing diversity of sounds and once again great lyrics by a truly gifted singer/songwriter.
Solstad

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Madeline TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 15, 2013
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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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Princeton Reader on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Edge on 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 By J. Hill on October 26, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Bensetler on January 4, 2014
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This album jumped immediately to the short list of my favorite albums. I discovered Diane Birch relatively recently as a result of YouTube suggestions. Bought both of her albums and to my taste this is the better as it shows development of both her material and her vocalization. There is enough of her debut album on this to satisfy fans of "Bible Belt", but what has been added is a blend of more mainstream sounds that I personally enjoy. Some of the criticism reminds me of when Bob Dylan showed up on stage with an electric guitar in 1964 (yes, I am that old). Give it a break folks and just enjoy seeing a talented artist grow.
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