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Review: The Gloria Darlings, “Come Home To Me”

1 Comment 6 October 2013

Review: The Gloria Darlings, “Come Home To Me”

“This is traditional country come home to roost. Come Home To Me will not only delight fans of the classic country genre, but it’s sure to turn a few more ears onto the real thing. It’s enough to make a girl run around her living room singing with a steep twang and want to take up the fiddle.”

Artist: The Gloria Darlings

Album: Come Home To Me

Genre: Folk / Country / Bluegrass

RIYL: Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, The Civil Wars

The Gloria Darlings

What’s immediately striking about this female duo, consisting of multi-instrumentalists Pandi and Milly, is their very distinct vintage country vibe. And those sweet, sweet harmonies that bask in glorious and unabashed twang. This is really an interesting and fresh modern interpretation of folk heavily influence with bluegrass. The Gloria Darlings might call the Pacific Northwest home, but their hearts and souls clearly align deep in the heart of country music.

The first notes of the title track bring the tight harmonies of these sweet vocalists front and center, and set the tone immediately for the listener. It’s approachable twang, for those who are put off my modern pop country. It’s a throwback - think Emmylou meets Gillian Welch meets Lucinda Williams. All great lyricists and songwriters who can lay it down both vocally and musically. And lead songwriter/vocalist Pandi kicks things off strongly and squarely with lyrics that cut straight to the point: “It’s so confusing, the way that you can spur me on; from a thousand miles away, you turn up in all my songs.”

“You Done Me Wrong” is a Ray Price cover, and it’s done extremely well. When “Insomniac’s Lullaby” came on, however, the material took an uptick in both content and delivery.  “No Buying Time” is also a standout, with lyrics that just make an immediate impression, “I’m an animal/so stay away/don’t lie your lies to me/ I’m an alien/And I’m leavin’ soon/There’s no buying time with me.” The closing track, “I’m Gonna Love You One More Time,” and “Mermaid Song” are more diamonds in the rough, pure heaven to the ears, and provide a fantastic showcase vocally and musically for both women.

I could write on and on about the wonderfully warm, clipped and tightly harnessed vocal harmonies present on this record, but equal time must be given to the incredibly impressive instrumentation and Milly Raccoon’s work on the fiddle and mandolin. The all-instrumental track “Little Bunny” is a welcome surprise, and shows off the skills of both women, but Milly in particular, whose crazy good instrumental breaks in every song might occasionally get upstaged by those aforementioned vocals.

There’s such a refreshing and effortless quality to this record. The Gloria Darlings have hit upon a partnership that feels like it’s just getting off the ground; there’s clearly enough talent between the two of these ladies to put half of young Nashville to shame. This is traditional country come home to roost. Come Home To Me will not only delight fans of the classic country genre, but it’s sure to turn a few more ears onto the real thing. It’s enough to make a girl run around her living room singing with a steep twang and want to take up the fiddle.


The Gloria Darlings website: http://www.thegloriadarlings.com/home.cfm

 

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  1. Peter Blecha says:

    “...The Gloria Darlings might call the Pacific Northwest home, but their hearts and souls clearly align deep in the heart of country music…”

    “Might”? “But”?

    The Pacific Northwest is a heart of Country music. Just ask Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, and Buck Owens. Each of whom broke out as stars AFTER honing their music talents on the 1950s NW scene.


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