Allo Darlin'

We Come from the Same Place

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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. Or maybe some noise lover who thinks indie pop should be scruffy and reverb-soggy instead of crisp, clean, and delivered without any easy-to-hide-behind sonic tricks. Too bad for any of these people, because like their first two records, this is another perfectly baked slice of indie pop that may sound twee on the surface, but goes deep in search of some real truths. Elizabeth Morris doesn't muck about with trying to be cute; she delves right into some real emotional stuff. Her songs ring very true whether she's singing sweetly about romance or tartly about heartbreak, and she doesn't shy away from reality, unlike many other singers who may have recently been seen holding a ukulele. Yes, the uke is here in small doses once again, but mostly the album follows the same basic template of simple yet sophisticated pop as the last one. Maybe a little more restrained and compact this time out, with the inclusion of some pedal steel guitar here and there, but still finding the occasional spot to kick up a little dust, as on album highlight "Bright Eyes," which sounds half-inched from the Pastels' classic "Nothing to Be Done" and features some nice vocals from guitarist Paul Rains. While Morris' heart-tugging words and heartfelt vocals are the focal point of the album, Rains' contributions loom large. He's always there with the right bit of jangle, a smart melodic twist, or a dash of tightly controlled fuzz to make the songs a little brighter. Morris is lucky to have such a sympathetic group of musicians to play with, and the well-produced combo of words, vocals, and music make We Come from the Same Place another treat for fans of thoughtful, painfully adult indie pop music.

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