.
http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/album-1382035452.jpg Speak a Little Louder

Diane Birch

Speak a Little Louder

S-Curve
Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 3 0
October 18, 2013

Diane Birch's second album trades up the rootsy comfort food of her debut for something more sophisticated and atmospheric – think early Kate Bush, or maybe Carly Simon put on dry ice. What Birch's voice can't handle alone is carried by her arrangements, which occasionally get lost in the smoke and mirrors of so-called good taste. Birch doesn't sound quite like Adele or Feist, but she's probably aware of both, and here she joins the ranks of adult-contemporary singers for a new generation, which, when it comes to music, at least, likes to relax more or less the same way the old one did. "It's hard to be pretty in pain," she sings. You'd never know it by how poised she sounds.

prev
Album Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Stillness Is the Move”

    Dirty Projectors | 2009

    A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com