Darrelle London: Edible Word Parade

Darelle London

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This 9-song collection is loaded with offbeat pop appeal. Farm girl London writes and performs on piano and while she cites Carole King as an influence, a much more apparent one is Tory Amos, in reference to song structure and offbeat arrangements.

The songs carry sharp observations sheathed in whimsical almost spontaneous sounding melody lines and breezy delivery a la Lily Allen.

The sweetness of the voice and childlike overtones is at once engaging and disarming to the point where it's easy to miss stuff first time around. Much of the lyric is at variance with the shiny, happy surface wrapping and only this tension keeps some songs from being a touch too precious.

Opening track Inside, could be called upbeat angst, a rollicking tempo over minor chords that keeps the melancholia hanging around wired to a grabby chorus. Easy to hear why it was tagged for an appearance on a 90210 soundtrack and is London’s signature single, one with major potential for being in ads come the sunny weather. Also bound to fuel many a sorority house beer night sing along.

A suitably discordant circus-type piano part leads us into the cheeky and cautionary tale that is Selfish, abouta couple who are together even though they share all the same bad qualities. More Kate’n’Pete than Sid’n’Nancy, it’s a thing of beauty.
The finger snapping be bopping Lisa Leob-esue Bad is a defiantly cheery breakup tune and even the sarcasm driving You’re A Star is tempered by sweet melody. The Game is a much more in yer face take on life’s harsh realities, with a great hook to snag your interest.

While there are tales of emotional mis-steps and woeful reflections aplenty, such as Two Roads, the warmly emotive album closer Work Out Fine is a better summary of this spring like collection of ethereal love songs and probing questions.
Lenny Stoute