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Darling Cruel - 1989 Passion Crimes

ARTIST: Darling Cruel
ALBUM: Passion Crimes
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: 837 920-4
YEAR: 1989

LINEUP: Gregory Darling - vocals, piano * Danni Bardot - guitars, mandolin, balalaika * Janis Massey - voals, sax, flute * Erik Gloege - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Everything's Over (Passion Crime) * 02 Weight On My Shoulders * 03 Beautiful One * 04 Sad Song Jenie * 05 Love Child * 06 Star Collector * 07 One By One * 08 Tales Of Emotion * 09 No Stranger * 10 Legend

Very interesting band this one, and one which has near enough to a cult following. Starting life off as the band Darling Cool, and looking somewhat between a new romanatic band, and a typical California hair metal band, they eventually ended up with a sound that's quite complex, and also difficult to describe. Their image changed signifcantly. and at the time of this release they conjured up thoughts of Prince and his backing band, though musically they are an eclectic mix of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Meatloaf, crossed with more modern day contemporaries such as Dalbello, Dan Reed, National Velvet, Prince, and another cult favourite in Cock Robin. Definitely with Janis Massey onboard, comparisons could be made to Anna DiCazio of Cock Robin, who adds the complimentary female singer backup role to Gregory Darling.

The Songs
Darling's piano work leads this album 'Passion Crimes' down a symphonic route, and has very english/european overtones. Funnily enough, the album was recorded at Dave Edmunds Rockfield Studios in Wales, while the rest was mixed back Stateside. Quite brash, big drums, quirky arrangements, and a production which is literally big. In fact, Producer Bob Rose won the best producer and best album award in 1988 by the reputed BAM Magazine for his work on this album. A very significant achievement indeed.

In Summary
There are not many weak tracks here, but it is different, and takes a wee getting used to. It will be worth it though, as the material definitely grows on you. By all accounts, Darling Cruel hope to have their unreleased second album from 1990 coming out soon, as well as a brand new album called 'Welcome Back To Your Life'. Check the URL below for more news, and also Gregory's MP3.COM page, where there is some MP3 material posted.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on July 03 2008 07:36:08
Gregory Darling is actually Greg Clewley, formerly of the L.A. glam band Antix of 'Get Up, Get Happy'(Enigma Records, 1984) fame.
#2 | jeffduran on June 05 2009 20:42:51
This was ahead of it's time and sadly lumped in with the aqua net losers of this time period.
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