Been wondering what former R.E.M producer Scott Litt has been up to? Me neither. But if you have wondered what the producer of several squillion selling records does with his time these days then you could check out this the third record by West Coast songwriter Alela Diane. Interestingly both her father and her husband are in the group and her voice is described as a full throated hillbilly thing. Rough Trade picked it up and hopefully they will make her a star.
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7/10 Penrith Steve 2nd November 2014
After releasing two excellent solo albums, one completely on her own, one where the band play more of a part, Alela Diane & The Wild Devine sees the band’s role as even more collaborative, they are named in the title and songs have been co-written by band members who also happen to be her dad and her husband. “Elijah” finds her sounding like 10,000 Maniacs. “Long Way Down” has more of a country vibe and is a definite highlight. She had a great voice and she here she sings with effortless passion. Her strong voice is definitely her USP. ”Desire” is brief but beautiful. You can feel the dust of the desert on “White Horse” which is one of the album’s more original compositions. My favourite moments on Alela Diane records come from the harmonising with her father, their voice sound great together and this is shown on album closer “Rising Greatness”.
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