Alela Diane & Wild Divine
as soon as you put an alela diane record on, you are reminded of her stunning voice & the wonderful character it possesses, especially when spun around her poetic lyrics. this, her 3rd album was penned on the road whilst touring in 2009 & was completed in 2010 with husband & guitarist tom bevitori. ‘wild divine’ refers to bevitori & the rest of her band – father & guitarist tom menig, bassist jonas haskins & drummer jason merculief & you can tell it’s a personal record. however, the songs present here probably have the broadest appeal of all her output. the band back her up splendidly & add a spring to her step, & you sense the relationships she has with her band have created a chemistry that gives great gravitas to these well-rounded songs steeped in the sound of americana. diane proves once again that she is a formidable songwriter. “while the songwriting quality stays high it’s her strong but sensitive voice, with its lonesome hint of yodelling, that captivates” 4/5 – uncut.