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  • Summary: This is the second album for New Zealand's James Milne as Lawrence Arabia, who previously was a touring musician with Okkervil River.
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  1. The brilliance of Chant Darling is that while it peddles a brand of indie pop that comes off chewed over and spat out a million times over, there is nothing tiring about it. That’s because it’s neither precious nor gimmicky nor remotely self-conscious. And it’s just so beautiful!
  2. There is enough in the moments which don’t quite astound to suggest that Lawrence Arabia is on the cusp of making a real classic of a record, until that time arrives, go check out ‘Beautiful Young Crew’ and drool at the prospect of an album which tops it not once but twice.
  3. Uncut
    The effortlessly adroit songwriting on this, his second album shows why [in-the-know Kiwis have long talked up the talents of James Milne]. [Jan 2010, p.118]
  4. Lawrence Arabia's narrator persona, with one foot sternly in the past and the other staggering, trying desperately to get away, loiters before it settles. This makes Chant Darling a charming listen whose dolorous sentiment recurs like a welcome motif, each song taking time to reveal its full charm.
  5. Under The Radar
    His naked candor drives a stake through your heart, the emotional payoff on an equivocal and conflicted, yet excellent record, and one that augurs even greater things to come. [Winter 2010, p.63]
  6. Chant Darling is an album that won't leave a massive impression on first listen, but there's a definite charm that keeps you coming back for more.
  7. Nothing here is without precedent, but personality goes a long way, and the best bits of Chant Darling are full of it.

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