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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release from the singer-songwriter features contributions from Peter Broderick, Heather Woods Broderick, Rob Burger, Ryan Francesconi, Daniel Hunt, and Luke Ydstie.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. Feb 9, 2018
    100
    A wonderful album, undoubtedly a career best and an exemplary case study in how to respond artistically to a life-changing event.
  2. Uncut
    Feb 9, 2018
    90
    Insanely beautiful, with the strength and delicacy of spider silk. [Mar 2018, p.25]
  3. Feb 9, 2018
    80
    On Cusp, Diane embraces the yet-to-come that she has set in motion for herself with a clarity of purpose and a musicality all the more sublime for the time she has spent living.
  4. Feb 9, 2018
    80
    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.
  5. Q Magazine
    Feb 16, 2018
    80
    These 11 songs are unashamedly informed by her maternal role in its varying facets of joy, growth, complexity and, on the self-explanatory So Tired, exhausting labour. But it also ranges more wildly. [Mar 2018, p.107]
  6. Feb 28, 2018
    80
    It’s a wounding, life-affirming ride.
  7. Feb 26, 2018
    76
    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.
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  1. Mar 11, 2018
    9
    Her voice is like an old friend you haven't seen in a long time, her lyrics are beautiful and the sound it's just perfect.

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