About Farewell (CD)


Alela Diane

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Amoeba Review

07/29/2013

Alela Diane knows one of the tricks to storytelling is to start in medias res — she starts the first song of her new album with choice notes about an idyllic tryst at (“we took a shower in the dark/your mother wasn’t home”) before unloading the heartbreak (“then you headed east and said her name/I read between the lines”). Even if you don’t know the background before listening to the folk singer’s fourth album — she divorced husband/collaborator Tom Bevitori between albums — she fills in the details. “I heard somebody say that the brightest lights cast the biggest shadows/So honey I gotta let you go,” she sings devastatingly on the title track. Just as her lyrics favor fly-into-the-sun directness, musically she keeps things simple, yet surprising — the change from thumping folk-rocker to spare heartbreaker two-thirds of the way through “The Way We Fall” marks the most memorable moment on the album. About Farewell is a great breakup album because it doesn’t wallow; it seems fully focused on actualities, including moving on. “I want to fix your hair, but honey there is nothing I can do to save you from yourself” she sings on “Nothing I Can Do.” For anyone who’s ever been through a doozie of a split, About Farewell is a godsend.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Colorado Blue
Alela Diane 03:29
2.
About Farewell
Alela Diane 03:20
3.
The Way We Fall
Alela Diane 05:04
4.
Nothing I Can Do
Alela Diane 02:24
5.
Lost Land
Alela Diane 03:26
6.
I Thought I Knew
Alela Diane 02:08
7.
Before The Leaving
Alela Diane 02:56
8.
Hazel Street
Alela Diane 03:10
9.
Black Sheep
Alela Diane 03:53
10.
Rose & Thorn
Alela Diane 03:10

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