After more than four years left waiting, wondering if she was a one-trick artist capable of only that one perfect album, word arrives that Diane Birch has a follow-up planned to the addictive debut Bible Belt which earned her so much praise. We still must wait another six weeks for Speak A Little Louder, which drops on S-Curve October 15, but Birch recently released her single “All The Love You Got”, which is eerily addictive, an immediately ear-catching melody which bodes well for the remainder of the album.
Birch’s first album, as good as it was, suffered somewhat from all the comparisons to the artists who clearly inspired each song’s creation. This lead her to be pigeonholed as something of a throwback artist to seventies AM pop in the same way Amy Winehouse revived interest in sixties girl group r&b / soul. The new single, while it would easily please the songwriting palate of a Stevie Nicks any day, still showcases the artistic growth Birch has undertaken during the four-year hiatus. A great deal more of her own personality shows through the strong melody, as her powerful voice arrives instantly to destroy the competition in a single stroke. Look for this album to be the talk of Indie circles nationwide when it arrives, because this is pop music as it needs to be heard.