Alela Diane - Cusp
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 36 ratings
2018 Ratings: #61
February 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rusted Blue / Label / Website
Your Review



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.

Feb 21, 2018
Sounds like First Aid Kit but better
Feb 11, 2018
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
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Track List
  1. Albatross
  2. The Threshold
  3. Moves Us Blind
  4. Émigré
  5. Never Easy
  6. Song for Sandy
  7. Buoyant
  8. Ether & Wood
  9. Yellow Gold
  10. So Tired
  11. Wild Ceaseless Song
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, rguitar

Added on: December 23, 2017