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  • Audio CD (7 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fortuna POP!
  • ASIN: B007MY7RT4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The darlings of the UK s indiepop scene, Allo Darlin 2nd album Europe follows on from their critically acclaimed and hugely successful self-titled debut. The London-based four-piece led by Australian songbird Elizabeth Morris, with guitarist Paul Rains, Bill Botting on the bass and Michael Collins on drums create perfect, sophisticated pop gems and know how to put on a joyous, effervescent, fun-filled live show. Having built up an intensely loyal and ever-increasing fanbase, Allo Darlin s reputation has developed at its own pace, from just one girl strumming a ukulele to headlining London s Scala and touring all over the world. In their brief lifetime they have toured the USA four times, sold out tours across the UK, embarked on an epic five-week European tour and played shows across the United States. The band have been strongly supported by BBC 6music, recording several sessions including one at the BBC s prestigious Maida Vale Studios as Steve Lamacq s personal choice for BBC Introducing. Their self-titled debut was released to universal acclaim with plaudits including being named No. 2 record of the year by online retailer eMusic and a glowing 1,200 word essay by legendary Go-Between Mr. Robert Forster in the Australian critical magazine The Monthly. Achingly personal, incredibly poignant and familiar all at once, Elizabeth Morris songwriting has deepened and developed since their debut, although they ve lost none of their ability to create sophisticated, intelligent pop music with an uplifting, joyous feel. There s a sense though that the feel of the new record, Europe, reflects the changes in the world since their debut in 2009 with riots and protests across the globe and a deepening feeling of gloom, a carefree album didn t seem appropriate. Singer Elizabeth Morris explains: I wanted to make beautiful songs and end up with a beautiful album, not necessarily an album full of three minute pop songs... the songs have an awareness of a darker place but end up coming out the other side. Already confirmed as Rough Trade's Album of the Month for May, Europe is chock full of memorable songs including the first single "Capricornia", which conjures up the bleached sunlight of summer in the area from which Elizabeth hails in Australia. Then there s the title track and next single "Europe", a celebration of the togetherness that pulled the band through a disastrous tour of the continent last year, when noxious fumes in their tour van nearly put paid to them altogether. There s the epic Still Young , the song that their friends The Wave Pictures refer to as their Born To Run , the wonderful "Northern Lights" about spending New Year's Eve in Sweden and Wonderland , the last song written for the album and one of the band s favourites. Perhaps the two best songs on the album are the ballads. If Elizabeth describes the extraordinary "Tallulah" as "probably the best song I've written", then Some People Say runs it close for sheer, heartfelt emotion. Gloriously catchy, brilliantly uplifting and charmingly intelligent, Europe promises to be one of the most exciting albums of the year, with Allo Darlin pleasing their existing loyal fanbase as well as winning over hoards of new admirers. The album is proof that Allo Darlin will be one of THE bands to watch out for in 2012. LIVE: UK Tour Feb / March. US Tour April / May. European dates June onwards. London dates Club Fandango / BBC 6music show March / April 19 Heaven w/ Herman Dune PRESS: NME - Positive review of first single Capricornia + Now Booking / The Fly - live review / The Quietus - feature confirmed / This is Fake DIY Single review + news + feature confirmed / Soundsxp single review + news / Drowned In Sound News / Clash News. Good positive response to album to date. RADIO: Plays on 6M

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. SPENCER on 19 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
A fantastic record which swirls, swoons, glitters and shines. Its gentle but consistently upbeat and even the achingly beautiful quieter moments of 'Tallulah' and 'Some People Say' have an uplifting quality. The sunny disposition of this album may be a reflection of the Anglo-Antipodean amalgam and tracks such as 'Capricornia', 'Northern Lights' and 'My Sweet Friend' are pure pop in the mould of Belle & Sebastian, Fuzzy and Lemonheads. This album will also give middle aged people of a certain age nostalgia for the much sadly missed Sarah Records and the great Australian band on that label - Even As We Speak. Such comparisons are lazy on my part; the reality is that Allo Darlin' have delivered a bright, melodic gem capable of shining in anyone's record collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sweet suburbia on 14 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
Is it as good as there first album? Probably but time will tell.
Beautifully crafted songs sometimes melancholic, sometimes joyful.
Touching and moving. Tallulah, referencing The Go Betweens, is my early favourite but there's not a weak song here.
If you've ever liked anything considered indie pop, albeit this is too good to be pigeon holed, you should buy this... and the first album as well.
There's a covers EP included if you buy it early from Rough Trade.
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By Peter Hill on 9 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I can't make my mind up whether this is better than their first (very good) album or not?
It is more upbeat, has a more mature feel and is probably less quirky. Although there aren't any individually drop dead gorgeous tracks such as "kiss your lips", from the debut album, it does overall have a more rounded sound.
"Capricornia" is very catchy indeed and "tallulah" is a beautiful quiet/plaintiff ballad over minimal backing where Elizabeth wonders whether all the songs she's ever heard and all the people she's ever met (up to now) will be all the songs/people that will ever mean anything to her?? Very sad/profound and poignant.
I really like the album but i think their best is probably yet to come.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. V. Rains on 10 May 2012
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Europe is the 2nd album from Allo Darlin. Overall, I think this album is fantastic !! It is an uplifting album full of great tracks.

In fact the majority of tracks are clearly good enough to be released as singles. My favourite tracks are:-
ballads such as Some People Say, Tallulah and My Sweet Friend along with uplifting tracks such as Capricornia, Europe, Wonderland and the "Springsteenesque" Still Young. Other excellent tracks are also Neil Armstrong, The Letter and Northern Lights.
There is simply not a single bad track on this entire album.

JUST BUY IT AND YOU WILL LOVE IT !!
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