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Bible Belt

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2009 debut album from the singer/songwriter. Though only in her mid-20s, Birch likes to think of herself as an 'old soul', and, indeed, there is a startling maturity in her singing and a veteran's self-assurance in her writing. Birch mixes piano-playing virtuosity with easy-going Soul, and she can strike an uplifting groove on even the most melancholy tune. Her work bears hints of Laura Nyro (when she was hanging out with LaBelle) and early '70s Karen Carpenter, while effortlessly incorporating New Orleans second-line rhythms, Gospel fervor, Doo Wop harmonies, Country-Blues guitar and classic AM radio-style melodies. Among the players accompanying Birch on the album are guitarist Lenny Kaye of The Patti Smith Group, bassists Adam Blackstone from The Roots, and George Porter of The Meters, acclaimed drummers Stanton Moore of Galactic and Cindy Blackman of Lenny Kravitz fame, saxophonist-about-town Lenny Pickett, and trombonist Tom Bones Malone, along with veteran singer Eugene Pitt, lead vocalist of fabled Brooklyn vocal group, the Jive Five.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 25, 2010)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: S-Curve
  • ASIN: B0024RI70M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I listen to a lot of music, but, it is rare for me to find someone who is truly a rare bird.

Diane Birch is that fresh new voice whose debut album "Bible Belt" just came out this month.

Diane is in her mid-twenties, but she truly sounds like an old soul.

As I listened to her cd, so many of my favorite women singers came to mind: The Indigo Girls, The Dixie Chicks, Aretha Franklin, Joss Stone, KT Tunstall, Adele, Laura Nyro, Ricki Lee Jones, even Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday.

I truly questioned how someone could remind me of all these stellar women and yet be completely her own person, yet that is the paradox and the joy of Diane Birch.

Diane's music has an eclectic feel and seems to encompass all sides of her personality and musical loves. Her life has covered a lot of ground thus far as well. She was born in Michigan, but spent her childhood traveling between Zimbabwe, South Africa and Australia before her family settled in Oregon.

Her father was a preacher, and, in some ways, Diane rebelled against the constraints that this placed on her. And, yet, what's fascinating is that after all that rebellion, a lot of her early influences are part of her music now as she is inspired by church hymns and sings about angels, heaven and forgiveness.

Now, imagine taking blues, classic rock, du wop, and combining them with jazz and gospel and you'll have a hint of what Diane's music is about.

She's also a brilliant piano player.

The cd opens with one of my favorites, "Fire Escape". It's a soulful sultry song about love and loss.

Diane's music is the type that slowly saunters in wearing an unlikely hat.
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This album brought me back to my childhood; born in 1974, I remember my mother playing the music of Carole King and Carly Simon. I agree wholeheartedley with other reviewers who compared Diane Birch to these two artists. Bible Belt is sultry and sweet. It makes you want to kick back with a cup of coffee, sitting out on your front porch...watching the world go by.

I highly recommend this artist and album for fans of these more contemporary artists: Corinne Bailey Rae, Dido, Sarah McLachlan, and Sheryl Crow.
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Diane Birch is reminiscent of Norah Jones and Ella Fitzgerald in a way that works without trying too hard. Diane doesn't sound like a 'wanna-be', she sounds like a pro!

Fire Escape has a pace that is perfect for a thoughtful stroll in the park. It evokes memories in a rare way - with a sweet pain.

Don't Wait Up has a nice, bluesy feel. Good all-around balance to the song.

Magic View has the best commercial appeal with an easy-to-remember, yet musically interesting number that is hauntingly beautiful.

This is not all to say that there aren't issues with the album. Some of the songs really feel dated and don't hold the attention of the listener. Sometimes, she pushes her upper register a bit, not crossing the break well [between throat and head voices] and other times, she crosses the break without a problem and sounds almost bird-like.

Overall, it is a great album and if it gets enough air-play, it should do well.
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By J on June 2, 2009
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Diane Birch's Bible Belt CD reminded me of a cross between Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse. Several songs sounded like they had a gospel influence and there was a good variety of upbeat and relaxing music. I didn't know what to expect from this new artist but I look forward to hearing what she comes up with in the future. I also really appreciate singer-songwriters because their music usually suit their own voice perfectly, as is the case with this collection. I have enjoyed this album and would recommend it to friends.
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In all honesty, I had never heard of Diane Birch until listening to this CD. I wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. As I listened to Fire Escape, the first song on the CD, I was reminded a bit of Carly Simon's No Secrets album from 1972. Ms. Birch is hard to categorize. Her music is a bit pop, blues, jazz all mixed together with a touch of country funk thrown in.

Her music is obviously written from the heart, and her voice has a clear lilt that is quite enjoyable. The first time I played the CD, I was mostly interested in hearing this new artist. By the time I played it the second time, I was singing along and really enjoying the diverse mix of songs. My favorite song is Don't Wait Up. I think Diane Birch has a long future ahead of her, she is unique and very talented.
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"Fools".......what can one say? Every so-rarely-often a song like this appears....and an artist too. I saw her on Daryl's House," the cable show...and she.....wasn't a poser!!!! She was REAL!!!! Can we say "Laura Nyro"??? WOW!!!!! What a song...and recording/arrangement. But...at the end of the day.......the song remains, stripped of everything but... a keyboard and the melody and words. It holds up. That's why Diane has got the goods....she can write SONGS. Grab this while it's still around.
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