Darlington

Louder Than Morrissey

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One of the reliable traits of the Stardumb label is their tendency to sign Ramones-esque pop-punkers, and few bands represent this aspect of the label as well as Darlington. Cutting away virtually anything that would draw attention from the hooks, Louder Than Morrissey is purely based in simple songwriting. This works both for and against the band, if only because of the iffy nature of their lyrics. Darlington sounds most comfortable singing about relationships, keeping a sarcastic view while pulling clever rhymes out of thin air. But when the subject is something different, like how much they hate Joe Queer ("Joe Queer Suxx") or the band obsession with breasts ("Boobs, Boobs, Boobs"), they sound pretty silly and amateurish. If they could have reined-in their immature tendencies, this album would be a sweet slab of punky pop. But as it stands, it is a hit-and-miss collection of good singles and goofy filler that doesn't do their songwriting abilities justice.

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