Album Review: Darling, Darling

Dublin duo deliver stadium-sized debut

Once declared Dublin’s best kept secret by this very mag, Darling look destined to become so much more than that with their much-anticipated debut. Every bit as stadium-sized as we hoped it’d be, Gary Harding and James McGuire’s opus pays tribute to indie’s ‘80s and ‘90s heyday, while also keeping proceedings fresh and modern. An LP about love and friendship, Darling is devoted to hooks throughout its ten tracks, and there are plenty of moments which enthrall.

Opening with the title-track, the galloping chorus could cleave the American market in two for them, and it’s a rousing call to arms. ‘You Stole The Words From My Mouth’ is another gem, thanks to an incendiary guitar solo and a monster hook, while ‘Screaming Bloody Murder’ sees the duo explore their dark side, and deliver a delicious rocker in the process. Occasionally borrowing a few fragments from the songbooks of U2 (‘Heartbeat’) and Coldplay (‘Bright Light Switch’) along the way, Darling may very well be the soundtrack to the summer.


Related Articles

Darling offers free download of new single

'2001' will be available for 24-hours from 20:01 on July first.

Read More

WATCH: Darling's Scott Altman-directed new video

The Shoot To Thrill co-winner is behind the fine promo for 'Sail Away'.

Read More

Darling: Live at The Academy

Read More

Darling, Academy 2

Darling gig in the Academy 2

Read More

Darling announce Academy 2 show

The Irish duo have been making waves as of late and will play the Dublin venue this February.

Read More

Advertise With Us

For information including benefits, key facts, figures and rates for advertising with Hot Press, click below


Find us elsewhere