The Darcys

Remember when the Dears were moody and symphonic and falsetto-y? So do the Darcys, as non-Cure cover “Close to Me” opens this brooder of a disc - ten songs of mid-tempo regressive post-rock/pop that thieves as much from recent Radiohead (“Itchy Blood”) as it does from vintage Radiohead (“The Pacific Theatre”). There are a few standout moments - “Pretty Girls” might wind up on your playlist or be fun live, but closer “Lost Dogfights” sounds 90s in a bad way (think the Cruel Intentions soundtrack). It’s a questionable note to end on, for those that still listen to records from start to finish.

Published in Volume 68, Number 4 of The Uniter (September 25, 2013)

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