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To Be Still (2009)

Artist: Alela Diane
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Format: CD
Sku: 210614430
UPC: 883870048828
UPC 14: 00883870048828
Release Date: 2/17/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Dry Grass & Shadows ~ Alela Diane
2. White As Diamonds ~ Alela Diane
3. Age Old Blue ~ Alela Diane
4. To Be Still ~ Alela Diane
5. Take Us Back ~ Alela Diane
6. Alder Trees, The ~ Alela Diane
7. My Brambles ~ Alela Diane
8. Ocean, The ~ Alela Diane
9. Every Path ~ Alela Diane
10. Tatted Lace ~ Alela Diane
11. Lady Divine ~ Alela Diane

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Alela Diane (vocals, whistling, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Tom Menig (guitar, 12-string guitar, mandolin, xylophone); Nina Gerber (guitar); Matt Bauer (banjo); Rondi Soule (violin); Luke Janela (cello); Dan Elkan (piano); Craig Thomas (Wurlitzer organ); Rich Stanmyre (upright bass); Otto Hauser, Neal Morgan (percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Tom Menig; Thom Monahan.
Muze PNote Recording information: Sun Dial Studios, Nevada City, CA; Type Foundry, Portland, OR.
Muze PNote Photographers: Mariee Sioux; Alela Diane.
Muze PNote Like THE PIRATE'S GOSPEL, her debut, TO BE STILL, the follow-up release from alternative folk artist Alela Diane, is an intimate, haunting affair that showcases her songwriting and singing skills. Focused chiefly on Diane's voice and acoustic guitar, TO BE STILL recalls both the classic female folk singers like Karen Dalton and the spookier, more associative dimensions of contemporary artists like Marissa Nadler and Nina Nastasia. But while her voice lilts and lulls, it's the poetry of her lyrics and their evocative narratives that make this sophomore effort truly shine.

Producer: Dan Elkan; Tom Mening; Diane Alela; Adam Selzer; Dan Elkan; Tom Mening; Diane Alela

Engineer: Tom Mening

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Destroyer Of The Void

Associated Artists and Works

Hardin, Alina

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/17/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 488
Music Label Name Label : Rough Trade
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00883870048828

Professional Reviews

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "There is a rare charm and deep calmness on the album's 11 innocent but never naive tracks....A spectacular step forward."

Paste (magazine)
- "There's a powerful weariness to 25-year-old Alela Diane's voice as it dips and curls its way through her second album, woozy pedal steel glinting and shimmering all about her..."

Pitchfork (Website)
- "The album's first single, `White as Diamond', best showcases her expanded musical ambitious and the record's pristine sound."

Clash (magazine)
- "[A] minor folk masterpiece, with delicate yet expansive instrumentation swooning underneath a voice that is achingly wistful and nothing short of jaw-dropping."

Uncut (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "This time the instrumental backing is more handsomely orchestrated, with each song given colour by the sparing addition of drums, bass, cello, pedal steel, banjo and fiddle."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Diane,Alela
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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