Monday, July 6, 2009

A CD Review

The ladies at One2One Network sent me a CD to review a month ago. Life being as it is, I'm just now making it to write the review.

Bible Belt by Diane Birch is bluesy-jazz-lounge type music. It's not something I would be drawn to purchase on my own or listen to on a regular basis. But, I think it would make a nice background CD for a grown-up dinner party.

Oh, and it is NOT a Christian music CD (don't let the title fool you).

How's that for a pitiful review? {laughing}

Here's Diane's bio quote:
For singer-songwriter Diane Birch, music was a refuge. Although Diane was born in Michigan, her childhood was spent on the move as the daughter of a preacher, living between Zimbabwe, South Africa and Australia, before her parents finally settled in Portland, Oregon. When she was in her early teens, Diane absorbed a unique and cosmopolitan perspective on life that shines through her music and makes a simple categorization of it impossible.

The result? Diane Birch sounds like an old favorite, with all the sparkle and magic of a breakthrough talent. People says she sounds like a combination of early Carole King, Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks, with a little Joss Stone and Cat Power mixed in. Bible Belt is only her first record, but it’s one of the most accomplished albums you’ll hear all year. From the opening track “Fire Escape” to the closing “Magic View,” Diane’s stunning voice is mesmerizing.

Written entirely by Diane, Bible Belt was recorded in New York City and New Orleans with an impressive team of Grammy-winning producers: S-Curve Records founder Steve Greenberg, soul legend Betty Wright and Mike Mangini, in their first project together since producing Joss Stone’s first albums.
I have other feelings about the negativity implied towards Diane's "conservative" and "strict religious" upbringing but I don't seem to be able to process them well into words so I'll keep it to myself.

One final tidbit - my husband lived in Zimbabwe during his teen years while his dad taught at a seminary there. Joel reminisces fondly about those years. We hope to one day take our children to Zimbabwe and see part of the world Daddy grew up in.

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