The opening of Alela Diane's "To Begin" off her forthcoming Wild Divine barely sounds like what you would expect. With a syth and bass burst she immediately calls to mind the specter of Rickie Lee Jones. It's an AM 70s gold turn that eventually is filled in with Diane's vocals which are as rich and lush as ever. Polished and jaunty, it's hard to recognize this track side by side with the masterfully folky To Be Still. Still, as long as Alela's singing, I'm listening.