Now Australia's Biggest Toy Shop

We won't be beaten by anyone. Guaranteed

Speak a Little Louder [Digipak] [Parental Advisory]

Album: Speak a Little Louder [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Speak a Little Louder
2)    Lighthouse
3)    All the Love You Got
4)    Tell Me Tomorrow
5)    Superstars
6)    Pretty in Pain
7)    Love and War
8)    Frozen Over
9)    Diamonds in the Dust
10)    UNFKD
11)    It Plays On
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Diane Birch (vocals).
  • Liner Note Author: Diane Birch.
  • Recording information: Chateau Roebling; Dunham Sound Studios; EG White Studio, London; Grand Street Recording; Rola Pola Studios; Sear Sound; Stevestudio, NYC; Stratosphere Sound.
  • Photographer: Margo Ducharme.
  • Speak a Little Louder, Diane Birch's follow-up to her audacious debut Bible Belt in 2009, features heavyweight talent in the production department. Steve Greenberg is back, but it's Homer Steinweiss helming most of the session, with contributions from E.G. White, ?uestlove, and Matt Hales. Its 11 songs, recorded at seven different studios, are much more polished; her piano and keyboards are adorned by big, natural-sounding drums, humming basslines, and enough guitar to build a stable, dynamic foundation for her voice in a warm, amniotic mix. Birch is an unapologetic pop classicist. The influences of Elton John's melodic sensibility and Stevie Nicks' voice -- in both timbre and phrasing -- are ever-present. The long shadow of '70s radio pop on Speak a Little Louder is a statement of defiance rather than one of nostalgia. On the title track/opener, drums are mixed in tandem with the lead vocal. Her hook is tight and alluring in its nod to John circa Tumbleweed Connection. Its fat, minimal bassline, pianos, and synths around her multi-layered backing vocals (all Birch) provide real drama. The enormous rolling tom-toms on "Lighthouse" recall Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill," though the twist in the melody is less strident, more subtle; the arrangement for the mellifluous backing chorus is stellar. "Pretty in Pain" is one of the many places where this team uses Lindsey Buckingham's production aesthetic to get maximum emotional effect. It frames a midtempo, souled-out rocker that recalls Carole King on Thoroughbred. "Love and War" contains funky rhythms and a string orchestration that suggests Betty Wright. "Frozen Over" combines a soulful hook with an anthemic backing chorus -- that and a wonderfully complex bridge worthy of Laura Nyro. Set-closer "It Plays On" is the album's most emotionally resonant cut. Its subjects are loss, grief, and acceptance. Birch's piano is its dominant instrument, and it combines with Nicks' sense of balladry and a transcendent, gospel-styled backing chorus.Though the singer is at her most vulnerable, there remains a steely determination in the grain of her voice that is buoyed by the choir. This album isn't perfect. Birch's weakness remains her lyrics -- though in fairness, they too have matured since Bible Belt. They continue to sacrifice emotional depth in favor of rhyme in various places. On Speak a Little Louder, Birch does, showcasing her developing talent in (mostly) fine songs that place her in a lineage where sophisticated melodies, nuanced production, and skilled arrangements make for memorable music. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.72) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Diane Birch's second album trades up the rootsy comfort food of her debut for something more sophisticated and atmospheric..."
Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
Home » Music » Pop » Pop Rock
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling Speak a Little Louder [Digipak] on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by, Inc.
Back to top