Bible Belt (album)

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Bible Belt
Cover of "Bible Belt" by Diane Birch
Studio album by Diane Birch
ReleasedMay 19, 2009
GenreSoul, blues
Length55:01
LabelS-Curve
 
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Bible Belt
Cover of "Bible Belt" by Diane Birch
Studio album by Diane Birch
ReleasedMay 19, 2009
GenreSoul, blues
Length55:01
LabelS-Curve

Bible Belt is the début release by soul singer-songwriter Diane Birch. The lead single is "Nothing But a Miracle". An acoustic version of the song "Rewind" appears on a season 3 episode of The Vampire Diaries.

Birch wrote all the tracks on the album. Her backing band consists of Jay Foote on bass, vocals and tambourine, Eric Bloom on trumpet, flugelhorn and backing vocals, and Alex Foote on guitars and backing vocals.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Fire Escape"  Diane Birch4:01
2."Valentino"  Diane Birch2:49
3."Fools"  Diane Birch3:54
4."Nothing But A Miracle"  Diane Birch4:23
5."Rewind"  Diane Birch6:09
6."Rise Up"  Diane Birch4:31
7."Photograph"  Diane Birch5:21
8."Don't Wait Up"  Diane Birch3:00
9."Mirror Mirror"  Diane Birch4:48
10."Ariel"  Diane Birch3:56
11."Choo Choo"  Diane Birch3:42
12."Forgiveness"  Diane Birch5:08
13."Magic View"  Diane Birch3:10
Japanese bonus Tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
14."Every Now and Again"  Diane Birch3:56
15."Cheap Ass Love"  Diane Birch2:39

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (2009)Peak positions
U.S. Billboard 20087[1]
Italian Albums Chart26[1]
UK Albums Chart77

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Popmatters(6/10)[3]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[4]
Mojo4/5 stars[5]

In Mojo, Charles Waring described it as "a mighty impressive first album" and claimed she "combines strong vocal melodies with infectious hook lines and delivers them with a soulful fervour." He also compared her with Carole King, Laura Nyro and Phoebe Snow, while acknowledging "there are elements of gospel, doo wop, Americana and Motown ... Birch has got a great voice and the depth of feeling she injects into her performances imbues her songs with a genuine soulfulness. Solidly consistent, the set is packed with memorable moments, including Fools, Nothing But A Miracle and Mirror Mirror."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bible Belt - Diane Birch". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Popmatters review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ a b Charles Waring Mojo, June 2010, Issue 199.

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