Bible Belt (album)

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Bible Belt
Cover of "Bible Belt" by Diane Birch
Studio album by Diane Birch
Released May 19, 2009
Genre Soul, blues
Length 55:01
Label S-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. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fire Escape"   Diane Birch 4:01
2. "Valentino"   Diane Birch 2:49
3. "Fools"   Diane Birch 3:54
4. "Nothing But A Miracle"   Diane Birch 4:23
5. "Rewind"   Diane Birch 6:09
6. "Rise Up"   Diane Birch 4:31
7. "Photograph"   Diane Birch 5:21
8. "Don't Wait Up"   Diane Birch 3:00
9. "Mirror Mirror"   Diane Birch 4:48
10. "Ariel"   Diane Birch 3:56
11. "Choo Choo"   Diane Birch 3:42
12. "Forgiveness"   Diane Birch 5:08
13. "Magic View"   Diane Birch 3:10

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (2009) Peak positions
U.S. Billboard 200 87[1]
Italian Albums Chart 26[1]
UK Albums Chart 77

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Popmatters (6/10)[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[4]
Mojo 4/5 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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