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Allo Darlin CD

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  • Audio CD (7 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fortuna Pop
  • ASIN: B003L1AXNO
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. Let's Go Swimming 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

Allo Darlin' is the performing name of the lovely and warming Elizabeth Morris (and accomplices), who moved to London from Australia in 2005. A few musical endeavours and quiet attempts at songwriting later, and she has become a new staple of London's indie-pop carousel thanks to her prowess at crafting simple but thoroughly affecting and mature songs on the ukulele. If anything, it seems that the instrument's pick-up-and-play accessibility has made the songs exactly that–accessible. Simplicity results in a clear, emotional and whimsical album. It's almost too easy to call it twee.

Morris is affectionate to the city that bore the album, but constantly aware that there's much more in the world to discover. The album's most bittersweet moment, Let's Go Swimming, goes beyond that inevitable twee tag to reveal something more plainly affecting. She beautifully describes a lake in Sweden and then reels off a list of London stereotypes that couldn't possibly compare to it. "All of the hipsters in Shoreditch could never style it," is the line that rings most truthfully here, but the whole song is lovingly rendered, caked in gliding slide guitar and feathery bass. A special recording.

Though inevitable comparisons to fellow Aussies The Lucksmiths and The Go-Betweens will undoubtedly accompany Allo Darlin' wherever they are heard, they are possessive of something quite different to those bands. Having hailed partly from another country and inhabited London so roundly and fully (or so it sounds), they have the benefit of being able to step back from these locales and comment more widely on those themes of loneliness and inability to fit in.

The boldest of those themes, perhaps, is a sense that their professional endeavours are futile when they could be earning a packet doing something else. Not that you'd be worried about when they're making it sound so wonderfully bright and easy. Kiss Your Lips is the twee template executed perfectly. Weighing up lyrical unease with musical joie de vivre is a sure-fire way to involve the listener, and the struggle of part-time musicians it ably references rings true.

Between the bounce of the lighter numbers and the ache of the sweet ones, there's all manner of winningly realistic insights veiled underneath the music. This debut is a joy from beginning to end, a fully-formed talent at the first attempt–as rare as it is welcome.

--Daniel Ross

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gannon on 17 Jun. 2010
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If Slow Club's long-player disappointed, it was mainly due to its watering down of moments of indie-pop perfection with lesser retreads. Allo Darlin' have at least one foot in Slow Club's camp, but happily their self-titled debut is the more consistent. Musically light, and with a few alternating male-female duets, the similarities are nevertheless plenty.

London-based Australian Elizabeth Morris fronts the band's infinitesimally twee, but thoroughly charming, indie, and along with one fellow compatriot and two more local lads they repeatedly land soft punches somewhere between the cute jangle of Belle & Sebastian and The Shop Assistants. And it's all delivered via Morris's fragile timbre, the frailties in which culminate on "If Loneliness Was Art" when she sings, "Somehow you've convinced me that I'm pretty when I'm not".

The Allo Darlin' catalogue speaks of harmless, summery tails - exploits in Paris, holidays by Swedish lakes. Yet, Allo Darlin' are resolutely a product of the UK, and specifically the London they all call home. In the laid back "Let's Go Swimming", which details that time in Sweden, constant withering comparison is made to "All of the punks in Camden ... / all of the hipsters in Shoreditch ... / all of the bankers in Moorgate".

The bass-line borrow in "Silver Dollars" seems to belong to "Brown Eyes Girl" allowing for the album's breezy qualities to develop. There is also a seam of tristesse interwoven into the band's fabric, sometimes surfacing unexpectedly, and at other times more explicitly. On "My Heart Is A Drummer", for example, Morris takes the part of an unnamed partner answering her own questions about smoking. "Baby, my heart is as strong as a drummer" the unknown partner replies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2011
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I really like 'Allo Darlin' and the references to Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura etc are well made but this Antipodean/London band are in that general area with their own sound and live they are completely different.

Fave tracks are 'If loneliness was art' which has been a single and is sublime in its imagery and haunting piano riff. I love the way Elizabeth Morris uses everyday items as comparator in her lexicon of poetic references, and this is true throughout except maybe track 8, 'Let's go swimming' which is a great summer song. The one which always gets me though is 'My heart is a drummer' which I said immediately I heard it was 'Girls just wanna have fun', but I have since learnt that this is on purpose as a tribute to Ms Lauper.

This is a great offering from a London based band who whilst they might still be learning their trade do show a promising future beckons and if 'Silver Dollars' is anything to go by (ie autobiographical as it tells of the financial woes of being in a band) then they could do with your hard earned sheckles so go on spoil yourself and get a copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sweet suburbia on 14 May 2012
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This is a great album that is my favourite of recent years. Wonderful voice, lovely sentiments.
A completely uncynical and loveable album.
I can't recommend this enough.
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