Darlings - Kevin Drew
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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the Broken Social Scene frontman was co-produced with Dave Hamelin.
  • Record Label: Arts & Crafts
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Chamber Pop
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Mar 18, 2014
    90
    Darlings is a record that feels simultaneously cerebral and carnal--and things don’t get much sexier than that.
  2. Mar 17, 2014
    80
    Darlings comes across as a more focused and decidedly more solo effort than its predecessor.
  3. 75
    While it lacks the raw, jubilant catharsis of a Broken Social Scene release, Darlings is both understated and refined, showcasing the many facets of Drew’s romantic songwriting.
  4. May 14, 2014
    65
    Even with dusted-up cuts, Darlings nonetheless highlights Drew's divine ability to craft an eloquent ballad all by himself.
  5. Mar 18, 2014
    60
    Drew's songs still zone out, but the focus here is on a stripped-down luster somewhere between occasional bandmate Feist and the National.
  6. Mar 17, 2014
    60
    A few verses drag out too long, but Drew’s storytelling remains firmly in the foreground.
  7. Mar 17, 2014
    40
    Although things quieten down on the pseudo-R Kelly front as the record progresses, the squirm factor never totally vanishes. [Apr 2014, p.106]

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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  1. Mar 18, 2014
    9
    Kevin Drew's paints a cool washed out picture with the tracks on this record. Not really a Broken Social Scene record, but that's not a bad thing. As a first true solo effort, Darlings succeeds in discovering life after BSS. Stand out tracks so far, Good Sex, You In You Were, And That's All I know. Expand