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Friday, 22 April 2011 09:28

Charting the music: Those Darlins, 'Screws Get Loose'

Charting the music: Those Darlins, 'Screws Get Loose' facebook.com/thosedarlins
Written by Joshua Edwards

There's a strangely deviant undertone to Those Darlins' new release Screws Get Loose. This might be attributable to the bad girl (and boy) stage persona they've worked to create; nonetheless it seems to carry over onto the album somehow.

In addition to its boisterous nature, the album dishes out layers of almost-clean guitars and harmonies ranging from sweet to rude, with abundant reverb applied to all.

The guitar tones seem derived from dirty rockabilly and surf roots. Every instrument is played with an emotional intensity that corresponds appropriately with the lyrics of the given song. The subject matter centers heavily around romantic relations, reminding the listener that these ladies (and gentleman) aren't ones to toy with.

Choruses of these songs are extremely hooky. Don't be surprised if you find yourself with multiple songs stuck in your head after listening. "Tina Said" and the title track are two in particular that have been with me; there's just something in the way they are delivered. In short, you'd have to have some screws loose not to adore these darlin' musicians' latest effort.

Written by Joshua Edwards, Music Department.

On the KDHX Charts: #5 on CMJ Top 30 and #3 on Americana for April 12, 2011.

This album can be heard on: The Mixtape, Music at Work, the Pop Life.

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