Bible Belt [CD] [PA]

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5
A Voice of Her Own Posted by: from: on Diane Birch sings with a great deal of soul and passion. I can hear gospel, jazz and blues influences, but her style is all her own. She composes her own songs, sings lead and plays keyboards. She's accompanied by a great band, including saxophone and trombone, plus a rousing chorus of back-up singers on several songs. Many of the songs are upbeat and high energy, but what I like most is that they don't all sound alike. Some artists are still finding their way when they release their first album, and their tunes aren't always distinctive and different from each other. Birch may be new to the recording scene, but she's clearly been honing her musical skills and sensibility for a while. Her voice is strong and confident. My favourite cuts include Don't Wait Up, Ariel and Rise Up. I'm not always sure of the meaning of her lyrics, but I quickly find I'm singing along and feeling good. This woman has a lot of talent, and I'm looking forward to hearing more.

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3
Soulful Sounds Posted by: from: Atlanta, GA on When I first popped in the CD, I was immediately taken to a coffee shop on a lazy Sunday with my laptop or a sudoku book and she was the live entertainment. Her voice is very soothing and the music bluesy, soulful, with a hint of gospel and country...just a hint...probably why she called it Bible Belt, eh? It was the kind of music that I could work to or read to...rock in a hammock to. Background music, if you will...and that is not a negative comment. Being a music lover, what impressed me most was that I could feel her "realness" for a lack of a better term. Her voice was real and her lyrics from the heart/soul. The music is pure. I can hear each REAL instrument and that is something that is very important to me with this kind of music. I can get down with a synthesized, digitally remastered beat every now and then but sometimes it is just really nice to hear a real piano, a real guitar, real background vocals!! She put me in the frame of mind of wonderful songstresses like Carole King, Carly Simon, and Phoebe Snow.

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5
Soulful and Magical Posted by: from: Charlottesville, VA on I was quite apprehensive when I started listening to Diane Birch's album "Bible Belt." Luckily for me, "Fire Escape," the first track on the cd drew me right in. Once I started listening, I couldn't turn back even if I wanted. "Fire Escape" was a great song to start the album with and from there, it just got better and better. I absolutely adore "Valentino" and "Ariel." Diane has an exceptional voice, it mixes a little Norah Jones, Sarah Mclachlan, Ella Fitzgerald and a few other soulful singers. It brings you back in time to when soul, blues and jazz where much more prominent. If you are a little nervous about listening based on the title of the cd, DON'T BE! While there are some religious undertones in a few of the songs, it is not forceful or preachy. In fact, unless you listen carefully, you probably won't even notice it. Diane's magical voice just takes you away and her soulful sound makes you feel warm inside. So, what are you waiting for, go get her cd and be taken away! The price is right, so what's stopping you?

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5
Big Eyes, Big Voice Posted by: from: on Don't let those big eyes and young look deceive you...Diane Birch sings with a maturity far beyond her years. Think Carole King, Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks talent. She impresses in her debut album Bible Belt, combining a powerful voice, skillful piano playing and superb song writing. Listening to her music is like riding a retro time machine back to the music of my childhood years. Birch describes herself as an "old soul." Old soul she may be, but she's managed to make herself a new favorite as well. Birch combines many great musical styles seamlessly together, creating a sound all her own...gospel, doo-wop, country-blues, 70's pop. The music is a refreshing change from the standards on the radio today. I love so many of the songs on the album it is hard to choose my favorite. The gospel-like "Rise Up" ranks high on my list, as well as "Fire Escape," the opening song sung with such feeling.

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4
Better than I expected Posted by: from: Rhode Island on I was pleasantly surprised by Diane's voice from the moment the CD started. She reminds me a bit of a little Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone and even a touch of Aretha Franklin thrown in for good measure. The songs have a fairly common sound to them, but a couple of the standout tracks in my mind were Valentino, which had a fun, upbeat, peppy sound to it and had me tapping my toes; Fools, which is the one that reminds me a bit of Aretha; and Rise Up, which gave me a visual of having good conversation over a drink in a nice bar with friends. Don't Wait Up was a fun, sassy song that I thought had a lot of "spunk" to it. I also enjoyed Mirror Mirror, which sounded like a musical fairytale. It was thoughtful and soft. Overall, a good CD and I'd probably check her out again in the future.

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5
OLD SOUL Posted by: from: venice,ca on 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.

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5
What A Pleasant Surprise! Thumbs Up For Bible Belt Posted by: from: on I'll admit, I was a bit skeptical at first when I got this CD. I enjoy new artists, and Diana Birch is about as new for me as they come. I'm not into gospel music so the title "Bible Belt" was a bit daunting. However, rumor had it, I'd be pleasantly surprised . . . and I was! Diane Birch has a smooth, jazzy voice which is mildly hypnotic. The lyrics are not those 'churchy churchy' ones one might expect from a gospel album. She writes from the heart about anything and everything with some religious undertones thrown in here and there. She is a great up and coming artist. I can't believe this is her first album, it sounds as though she knows her stuff! This is a great album for adults/young adults who love blues and jazz like myself!

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4
Amazing Voice Posted by: from: HI, USA on I really enjoyed the songs on Bible Belt, many of which have obvious gospel, jazz, blues, and soul influences, which is evident on such tracks as Fire Escape and Rise Up. I found myself constantly singing along to Nothing But a Miracle, grooving along to the mellow beat of Mirror Mirror, and crooning to Photograph, a bittersweet ballad. My favorite track is Valentino, a fun, upbeat, and whimsical song. Many of Birch’s songs are reminiscent of tunes of the 70s, and her raspy, powerful voice is simply beautiful, reminding me of other female vocal superstars such as Joss Stone and Norah Jones. Bible Belt is a fantastic debut CD that showcases Birch’s vocal and song-writing talent, featuring many songs that you’ll never tire of.

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4
Worth checking out! Posted by: from: USA on Wow! This is her first CD but you cannot tell. To me, she sounds like an old favorite! Diane wrote the music herself, and she writes like a pro. The music is very relatable and some of the songs are haunting. Her music stays with you for a long time, but in a good way! There are several ways to describe her music-smooth, soulful, easy listening, raw, stripped, earthy, simple, and unique. You can really feel her energy, and feel what she was thinking when she wrote her lyrics. Among other things, this CD would be perfect for a day at the beach with a good book. My favorite song is Ariel-it just stays with me! Her sound is similar to Carly Simon, but a modern version. I foresee a long and successful music career for Diane!

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5
New Queen of Blue-Eyed Blues Singing? Posted by: from: Birmingham, AL on I am in love with this CD by an up and coming new artist, Diane Birch. When I first received this CD, I have to admit that I was skeptical. Diane Birch had received high praise from music critics, but I just had to hear it for myself. Boy, was I glad that I was wrong. For the first time in a long time, I was able to listen to a CD all the way through, no skipping around between the tracks. The whole CD has a nice, bluesy feel to it that I enjoy, and Diane's vocals can't be beat. Her vocals remind me a lot of Natalie Merchant. I particularly love tracks #3:Fools, #4:Nothing but a Miracle, and #12: Forgiveness. All in all, if you like music with a bluesy/rock feel to it, you can't go wrong with this CD.

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