Alela Diane - Cusp
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #30 / 841
User Score
Based on 59 ratings
2018 Ratings: #223
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February 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rusted Blue / Label / Website
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It’s a stunningly beautiful end to a wonderful album, undoubtedly a career best and an exemplary case study in how to respond artistically to a life-changing event.

The Guardian

The album title comes from Menig’s near-death during childbirth, and her subsequent realisation that we are forever “on the cusp” between death and life, heartbreak and euphoria, all of which are in fulsome supply here.

The 405

The hourly encumbrances of parenthood actually seem to give her strength. It’s a wounding, life-affirming ride.


Some patience is required, but if you embrace the slow burn, Cusp will slowly reveal itself to you; the bright harmonies covering Diane’s darkest lyrics will come crumbling down. And when that happens, all you can do is listen - in awe of the beauty born from personal pain.

Sounds like First Aid Kit but better
Cusp is pretty bland and unadventurous in every aspect, Alela Diane's voice is very good technically though there's nothing intriguing about her vocals to me, the instrumentals are nice enough but the lyrical content is lacklustre and repetitive and altogether Cusp is a run of the mill record which doesn't have any standout moments
Alela Diane is a reliably gorgeous singer-songwriter, and “Cusp” is as easy on the ears as it gets. These songs are expertly arranged and beautifully composed, and her writing is thoughtful, tasteful (as a compliment!), and vivid. “Cusp” also paves new ground for Diane, as this album fairly explicitly explores her new motherhood; it’s probably her most personal to date, and the subject matter understandably seems to ignite a spark in her. It’s an album with a ... read more
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Added on: December 23, 2017