About Farewell - Alela Diane
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jul 29, 2013
    90
    Its aching honesty and immaculate balance prevents About Farewell from being just another break-up record, as Diane presents something to us lyrically raw but unafraid to sport obviously produced yet sentimentally appropriate musical flourishes, from strings to harmonizing female choruses, when the time comes.
  2. Jul 18, 2013
    90
    It’s a brave account of how you can fall out of love just as easily as you fell in. Like the first blush of a new romance, it is intoxicating.
  3. Jul 18, 2013
    90
    This is truly a marvelous creation.
  4. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    10 years if touring, recording and a recent divorce have provided enough grit, soul and burr with the sort of peculiarly exquisite pain that's grown up enough to register life's grand futilities. [Sep 2013, p.101]
  5. Aug 9, 2013
    80
    Disappointment and cautious optimism for the future, rather than recrimination, is About Farewell's weapon of choice, a welcome female counterpoint to, say, the bitterness of Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks or Josh Ritter's The Beast In Its Tracks. [Sep 2013, p.86]
  6. Aug 6, 2013
    80
    The album's a cathartic self-study, executed without drama, during a time of major personal upheaval, and it will truly resonate with anyone who's ever found themselves at the end of a relationship.
  7. Jul 26, 2013
    80
    Arrangements are simple and sparse, everything lightly touched, with only swells of strings and brushes of horn, harmonium and other instrumental colours buoying up her guitar and clear voice.
  8. 80
    Her ability to craft songs that are both delicate and incredibly powerful, along with her stunning, effortless voice prevent the honesty from being alienating.
  9. Jul 25, 2013
    80
    About Farewell is a sincere depiction of the quiet, resolute acceptance of mid- to long-term misery.
  10. Jul 18, 2013
    73
    Alela Diane hasn’t upended the form, but that probably wasn’t her intent. What she needed was a port in a storm, and About Farewell is a very sturdy bulwark.
  11. 70
    Elegant is the way the record confines Diane’s sadness to the past. It doesn’t wallow, it reassesses.
  12. Jul 18, 2013
    70
    About Farewell is a gentle, rueful, often beautiful record. [Aug 2013, p.75]
  13. Pleasant, sad, classy and thoughtful. No more than that.
  14. Jul 29, 2013
    60
    Her fourthcorrect, country-tinged album is no mere musical mope, but features writerly vignettes and restrained introspection.

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