Those Darlins: Making Un-Country Noises Those Darlins hooked up at the Southern Girls Rock 'n' Roll Camp, which bassist Kelley Darlin founded in 2003. Critic Robert Christgau is glad to see the band finally playing rock, as well.


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Those Darlins: Making Un-Country Noises

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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.


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.


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."


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."


DARLINS: (Singing) (Unintelligible).

NORRIS: Our reviewer is Robert Christgau. The latest album from Those Darlins is called "Screws Get Loose."

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