MICHELE NORRIS, Host:
Tennessee is also home to Those Darlins, a girl group that began with a distinct country twang. But its latest album, "Screws Get Loose," finds the band embracing more straightforward rock 'n' roll. Our critic, Robert Christgau, thinks that's a good thing.
ROBERT CHRISTGAU: True, "Wild One" talked the talk and "DUI or Die" hit pretty hard for a public service announcement. But it was a relief when the lead and title track of Those Darlins' "Screws Get Loose" kicked off with some very un-country noises.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SCREWS GET LOOSE")
THOSE DARLINS: (Singing) (Unintelligible) took a little trip uptown.
CHRISTGAU: The bassist is Kelley Darlin and the lead guitarist, Nikki Darlin. The drummer they took on after they formed, who turned a girl trio into a mixed-gender quartet, doesn't get to call himself Darlin. But it's Linwood Regensburg's propulsion that makes Those Darlins' loud guitars go boom.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU GIVE ME HIVES")
DARLINS: (Singing) You give hives. You give me hives. (Unintelligible).
CHRISTGAU: Note, however, that the album's first single has a different idea. It's called "Be Your Bro."
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BE YOUR BRO")
DARLINS: (Singing) I want to be your brother. I want to be your lover. I want to be your bro. (Unintelligible).
CHRISTGAU: Those Darlins aren't afraid to call themselves a feminist band. They're hardly asexual, but they're not the female equivalent of hard-touring horndogs either. On her feature, Kelley Darlin lays out the limited rewards of love on the road in a proud, realistic, rather wistful song called simply "Boy."
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BOY")
DARLINS: (Singing) (Unintelligible).
NORRIS: Our reviewer is Robert Christgau. The latest album from Those Darlins is called "Screws Get Loose."
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