Release Date: Oct 7, 2014
Record label: Slumberland
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop
Growing up can be incredibly difficult for those of a more sensitive persuasion. Not only do you have to contend with leaving behind the relative safety and security of childhood and adolescence to embrace the responsibilities and uncertainties that come with impending adulthood, but also convincingly establish yourself as someone capable of being taken seriously and worth further consideration, either personally or professionally. To do so, the trappings of youth generally have to be shed in favor of more adult-oriented fare in hopes of passing for something we may not find to be an entirely accurate reflection of our true selves.
Undisputed leaders of the indiepop pack Allo Darlin’ dealt themselves an uneviable hand following the release of their first two records. Appearing in 2010, their first, self titled, album established the Anglo-Aussie four-piece’s position as the elder statesmen of the bourgening Fortuna-POP!-led scene, full of chirpy, happy go lucky pop nuggets. Its follow-up, 2012’s Europe, showcased a different side to them; one that even more studious indie fans could enjoy.
Anyone coming to the third Allo Darlin' album, We Come from the Same Place, looking for something new from them is likely to be disappointed. It's hard to say why anyone might want something different, though, since the first two albums were so good. Maybe it was someone fed up with intricately crafted indie pop. Or someone tired of hearing intimate and true songs about love, life, and how to deal with each.
Over two albums, it’s been easy for many to pigeonhole Allo Darlin’. It’s twee. It’s a girl with a ukulele. It’s soft, sentimental, rehash. And sure, there is validity to the knocks against Allo Darlin’, but to dismiss their two excellent albums — and this new, worthy entry into their ….
The essence of Allo Darlin’s erudite, sincere pop music is contained in the pronunciation of “Jägermeister" that takes place just a few seconds into the record, a wrangling that stuffs the word into a rhyme with “Spanish bar”: it’s a little goofy, sure, but it’s unabashed, contributes to your sense of character and place, and even feels a little bold in its own way. (You really need to commit to pronouncing a word like that. ) Those are all qualities that end up characterizing the band’s third record, We Come From the Same Place.
Ever since Anglo-Australian band Allo Darlin' started putting out music in 2010, they've been cast under the umbrella of indie-pop. Sure, there are the characteristically saccharine elements — most notably an emphasis on the ukulele on earlier releases — but that was never the selling factor of Allo Darlin'. Fans came for songwriter Elizabeth Morris and her profound lyrics.This is the nucleus of Allo Darlin's newest album, We Come From The Same Place.
Head here to submit your own review of this album. Here's the thing. Allo Darlin' create a pleasant dilemma. This is the third album from the Anglo-Aussie band and so we have come to know what to expect. Insightful and direct lyrics are combined with sunkissed-ukelele melodies and catchy little ….
Allo Darlin”s self-titled debut was a collection of lo-fi recordings, featuring odes to Woody Allen and chilli. Follow-up ‘Europe’ saw a change in direction, moving away from ‘twee’ tales to a more reflective, mature take on songwriting. And with this, their third, the band have assembled their strongest set of songs yet; Elizabeth Morris’ lyrics of romance and reflection given emotional heft by the abilities of her fellow band members, Bill Botting, Paul Rains and Michael Collins.
British indie-pop revivalists Allo Darlin' are the band for you if you like softly sung vocals, jangly guitars and tempos that will get you turned up enough to drink tea with your cat. Their third album continues in this mild fashion, and though always pleasant, it's often unmemorable. The band, which on past albums has sung odes to Polaroid cameras and Nineties hits, seems obsessed with nostalgia.
Allo Darlin’ have become the most compelling and promising band to emerge from the be-sweatered ghetto of the indiepop scene in recent years. Outstanding acts like The Understudies and Withered Hand have found comfortable homes within the genre, yet it was the Anglo-Australian four piece that seemed primed to break the barriers first with 2012’s lachrymose, tender Europe and its frankly stunning summer anthem single ‘Capricornia’. Whilst it sold well and garnered tremendous critical acclaim the band are very much on a promise with We Come from the Same Place which, we demand, goes bigger, brighter, faster, more heart-tuggingly delicious.
“It seems crazy, I know/But I’ve got this idea that we’ve met before and we come from the same place,” sings Elizabeth Morris on We Come From The Same Place, the title track on her band Allo Darlin’s third album. Allo Darlin’ is a band to whom geography is important. Press will glaze them as an indie pop band from London, but in reality only two of the band’s four members are British.