In a world where old fashioned folk is becoming popular again, this album is sure to be well received by listeners. Alela Diane has a voice that hits the ears easily, and the music manages to fill out the sound without distracting you from the words that she is saying. About Farewell is a collection of songs about looking back–despite what she says in the title track “Once upon the other side, it’s best not to look back.”
There are different types of break up records. Sometimes, an artist will focus solely on knowing that better things will come in the future, or attacking their ex. This is a well rounded album, inspired by a divorce in Alela Dian’s real life, and it shows the pain on both sides. Overall, the various emotions are expressed in the way that traditional folk music is, the words. Most of the songs do not picture heavy orchestration, with guitars driving the rhythm. The songs are generally very straight forward, and there are lines that listeners are sure to resonate with in one song or another. The lyrics are paired with timeless vocal melodies that bare resemblances to folk singers of the past, but there also appears to be some jazz influence in the vocals on songs like “The Way We Fall”. The words will hit hard, and the way that she sings makes sure that you know exactly how she felt while writing these songs.