The Rifle - Alela Diane - The Pirates Gospel

Label: Names Records - NAMES 26CD • Format: CD Album CDr EP • Country: UK • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk Rock, Acoustic, Lo-Fi
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First released in as a private CD-R run then later re-released formally inthe softly spooked-out acid folk of The Pirate's Gospel is a captivating debut from Alela Diane, whose enthusiasm and ability for a then-extremely-fresh learner on guitar is quite something.

Recorded by her father, who also helps perform on many tracks along with other friends and family members, the disc showcases Alela Diane's knack for gentle, immediate Anyuta - Andreyev Russian Folk Orchestra* - Andreyev Russian Folk Orchestra and her fine voice, possessed of a hint of twang that suggests a combination of Dusty Springfield and Kristin Hershwith a rich maturity beyond her years.

The high and lonesome catch on songs like "Foreign Tongue" and "Clickity Clack" is quite something, while the interplay of vocals and guitar on the latter is particularly beautiful. Like her contemporary Larkin Grimmshe brings older forms of music to life with vivid performances, sometimes striking imagery, and a love for surprising little touches, such as the line "And a choir of little children Viva Tirado - Fania All Stars - Salsa along" from "Pieces of String," which is, indeed, sung by two young kids.

The title track may just be the standout The Rifle - Alela Diane - The Pirates Gospel them all with its low, moody backing vocals and an appropriate hint of sea shanty atmosphere in the chorus, while guest banjo from Matt Gottschalk adds a further tinge of mysteriousness.

It's important to note that the version of the album differs greatly from the private release -- the sequencing is somewhat altered, while a number of tracks are dropped, and a separate one, "Can You Blame the Sky? Both versions of the album are excellent but the earlier CD-R release is worth seeking out if one enjoys the later edition, especially for such fine songs as "Gypsy Eyes" and "Heavy Walls.

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