This was my absolute favourite album of 2010. Fun singalong tracks with great lyrics and melodies. I remember crying to Lets go Swimming and that almost never happens to me.
Favorite track: Kiss Your Lips.
The 10 songs on Allo Darlin's self-titled debut album don't rewrite the formula for wistful bedsit charm as much as show that it can still be carried out masterfully.
This debut is a joy from beginning to end, a fully-formed talent at the first attempt – as rare as it is welcome.
PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER
Put simply, this is the best summer record you’ll hear all year, and potentially the best you’ll hear all decade.
Don't embark on your summer affair without this under your belt.
THE LINE OF BEST FIT
When we talk about records fit for summer, we mean one that evokes lazy, crazy days of warm sun by means of unhurried ease and glorious melody. Allo Darlin’ certainly do all that. Get it home, though, and there’s just as much to admire in the smart lyrical touch that belies any sort of scene connotations, a fine romance borne from catching hold of the little things.
released June 14, 2010
This album was recorded in the summer of 2009 at Soup in Brick Lane, underneath the Duke of Uke shop. All of the songs were recorded as live tracks with bass, guitar, drums and ukulele. Everything else was added later on, except What Will Be Will Be, which was recorded completely live, vocals and all.
Allo Darlin' are:
Elizabeth Morris - lead vocals, ukulele, glockenspiel, piano, handclapps, percussion.
Paul Rains - electric guitars, lap steel, fender rhodes, omnichord, korg, backing vocals.
Bill Botting: lead vocals, bass guitar, backing vocals.
Michael Collins: drums, percussion, backing vocals.
Simon Trought - mandolin, handclaps, percussion, backing vocals.
Monster Bobby - lead vocals on Dreaming
Keiron Phelan - flutes on The Polaroid Song
Dan Mayfield - violins on Let's Go Swimming
The Friday Night Choir on Kiss Your Lips was Elizabeth Morris, Paul Rains, Bill Botting, Michael Collins, Simon Trought, Matthew Reynolds, Nik Vestberg, Marie, Other Paul and Other Matthew.
All songs written by Allo Darlin'.
We have lovingly borrowed lines from El Scorcho, written by Rivers Cuomo and I Walk the Line, written by Johnny Cash. The line in Silver Dollars rhyming gin and tonic is inspired by Gin and Platonic by the Smittens.
The name of this album perfectly encapsulates everything I love about Elizabeth's musical output from the Darlings to Allo Darlin' to these precious songs: an unyielding optimism that is never naive, and by being so, becomes wildly contagious. Some music tells you that "everything will be ok", but her music actually makes you believe it, even when the lyrics hint at doubt. Michael Feck