Alela Diane: Alela Diane & Wild Divine – review

(Rough Trade)

Folk voices come in many hues, from righteous straight-talkers to ethereal sopranos. Now on her third album, Oregon-based Alela Diane musters just the right balance of grit and gossamer. She may have both her husband and her father in her latest band, and semi-retired REM producer Scott Litt on board for this most polished of her albums, but her voice rightly remains the dominant force. The songs? There's nothing world-class here, but you could easily listen to Alela Diane telling you "the wood of the olive is too sacred to burn" ("Elijah") all day.

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