Darden Smith is one of those singer/songwriters who's always been there. He hasn't been big enough to become a household name, but he is prolific and good enough to catch the ears of the fairly inquisitive listener. Over the 20-year span of his 10 albums, Smith has done a little of everything, from country to pure folk. On Field of Crows, he moves in a more pop-oriented vein, albeit deeply inflected with his profound lyrical skills.
From the loping drumbeat on "Talk Me Down" through the funky "Spinning Wheel" to the ethereal vocals on "All That I Wanted," Smith describes an emotional darkness, varied in shades but heavy with imagery. With guitar virtuoso Steuart Smith and the talented Eliza Gilkyson on harmony, the music drifts along easily. It's only when you stop and listen to what he is saying that the power emerges. Darden Smith should be a household name. 4 stars
Smith plays Eddie's Attic Thurs., May 11.
*Christ, Lord sorry
"Punk" style like this seems like it is the polar opposite of punk. Bradford Cox…
They're kind of starting to look like a joke of themselves. Song's good though.
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Their show with Chris, Lord about 3 years at the Unicorn was the best.