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Alela Diane: About Farewell

Consider this spare new record a “very sturdy” addition to the sizable canon of singer-songwriter breakup albums.

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Consider this spare new record a “very sturdy” addition to the sizable canon of singer-songwriter breakup albums, said Steven Hyden in Pitchfork.com. Portland, Ore.–based folkie Alela Diane split with her guitarist husband, Tom Bevitori, since listeners last heard from her two years ago, and in this return she has plumbed her own heartbreak to produce a collection of songs “that ache with the specificity of poetic reportage.” As always, it’s Diane’s voice—“nimble and graceful like a jazz singer, sad and knowing like a blues crooner”—that draws you in. “At times the songs are so visceral, you almost feel sheepish knowing so intimately what Diane endured,” said James Reed in The Boston Globe. Gone is the jaunty Bevitori-led band of Diane’s previous release, so this set becomes “a testament to the power of an acoustic guitar backing an artist with something to say.” Falling out of love still causes a lot more pain than falling in love, but “like the first blush of romance, it’s intoxicating.”

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