The co-founder of Canadian art-pop ensemble Broken Social Scene’s second solo album has a sound that’s not only adventurous, but jumps genres with no little abandon.
It’s big, then, but suffers from a bi-polar approach that manages to nod to Super Furry Animals one moment, Jack Johnson the next.
There are great moments, like the energetic, industrial fuzz of ‘Mexican Aftershow Party’ and the calming mess of ‘Bullshit Ballard’, but it’s let down by songs that flutter between Flight Of The Conchords (‘Body Butter’, anyone?) and U2.
‘Darlings’ is a concrete mixer full of ideas, although it’s tricky to pinpoint if Drew’s actually laid the foundations of a decent record.
Words: Gemma Hampson
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