Album Review: The Darling Fire - Dark Celebration

 

THE DARLING FIRE

Dark Celebration

Spartan Records

 

 

 

The Rocking Horse Winner, Dashboard Confessional, Poison The Well, Further Seems Forever, and Shai Hulud should all be familiar names to anyone who was part of the early 2000s surge of indie rock and emo. Those are also some of the past credits listed on the bios for the members of The Darling Fire. It should come as no surprise then, that elements of each of those associated acts appear on their debut album Dark Celebration. However, The Darling Fire is careful to not let their collective pasts overshadow their here and now. Any preconceived notions that you might have had about what this was going to sound like are instantly challenged by opening track “For The Loveless,” which gives you a 90s kissed, grunge induced alternative feel. But with Jolie Lindholm’s soft, oftentimes mystical vocals, you immediately find yourself reminiscing on acts like Liz Phair, Luscious Jackson, and Belly. These same traits continue to shine on songs like the up-tempo, indie rocker “Catatonia,” the softer paced “Silver Spider,” or the album’s lead single “Saints In Masquerade,” which perfectly combines all their unique individual aspects into one single song (melodic guitars that hold your attention, solid vocals that draw you in, and outstanding lyrics). Dark Celebration refreshingly sounds like something you would have heard on alternative radio in the heyday of 90s grunge era as a perfect offset to the mostly boys club of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Stone Temple Pilots. However, with the smoothness of Jolie Lindholm’s vocals wrapping around the rougher cut edges of the guitars, The Darling Fire have given themselves a unique flavor that has every bit of familiarity without sounding exactly like anyone other than themselves.

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