The first time I heard Alela Diane I was completely blown away. I heard her song 'The Rifle' which is from her first album The Pirates Gospel. The album is a delicate collection of songs with Americana roots and country influences. Alela's voice against the simple guitar melodies is what struck me most and I was instantly a fan. Her second album To Be Still also is a work of art. Leaning more towards the country influences, slide guitars and slightly catchier melodies took hold. Now she brings out her third album, yet another great album title Alela Diane & Wild Divine. Wild Divine being her new and much heavier sounding band. From the very first second of music you can tell we've had a change in sound. An electric keyboard sound starts the album and a drum beat soon enters.

The second track 'Elijah' begins more comfortably with an acoustic guitar, the song very catchy and Alela's stunning vocals harmonized pleasantly. 'Long Way Down', one of my album highlights sounds a little like Caitlin Rose and also a little like, dare I say it, but Mumford & Sons. The slide guitar and banjo create that folk-rock sound which people are falling over about at the moment. 'Suzanne' is one of the only tracks which could fit pleasantly on To Be Still, a gentle country ballad really showing off where her voice is best suited. Alela Diane always reminds me of native America, she writes about pirates, feathers, and nature and the song 'The Wind' is that influence on this album. This is a personal album highlight of mine, gorgeous lute sounds lyrics which sing of "Death is a hard act to follow".

Skip down a few tracks and we have 'Heartless Highway', a slightly bluesy, very country and very strong track. The change in drum tempo throughout the track is a really nice addition. 'White Horse' is even more rock but it works really well for the song. Final track 'Rising Greatness' is another lyrical beauty, ending with the repeating line "There is still good for me and you" and sending simply on a strum guitar chord.

Overall, it sounds like Alela Diane has really come of age, matured and found a really comfortable sound. In doing that however, she has also lost some of the delicate beauty of her earlier albums. For long time fans of Alela's work, this album may come as a slight disappointment, but it does grow on you, and I am confident that this is just another stepping stone for more great Alela Diane albums.

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