"Brooklyn singer-songwriter Darrin James touches on Robbie Robertson’s gruff soulfulness, Tom Waits’ vaudevillian menace and Paul Westerberg’s ramshackle charm in the bluesy rockers on his debut album, Thrones of Gold. James has a knack for perceptive lyrics and memorable tunes; his crack band supplies the laid-back grooves."
- Time Out New York (February 8, 2007)
"Its literate lyrics and subject matter are a big part of why Thrones of Gold stands as one of the best indie productions of the year so far."
- Jon Sobel, Blog Critics (May 2007)
"Born to sing the blues, Darrin James tears at the soul...There's an uncanny, effortless authenticity to it that is aloof and genius at the same time. The Brooklyn-based musician has a certain weary, detached air about him, as if he barely realizes the scope of his words and music while executing them in untroubled fluency. Despite such ease in his music, every song is tinged with raw emotion...undeniable talent and originality."
- Julyssa Lopez, Pace University Press (April 25, 2007)
"Thrones of Gold, the debut from the Darrin James Band, is a strong disk the whole way through, incorporating an inspiring variety of musical styles and lyrical themes. With a rugged voice and virtuoso guitar skills, James and his band make the most of his well-written songs."
- Jon Gorey, Dissolver Magazine (April 2007)
"This is singing and song writing as it should be. Darrin creates music that you want to listen to, that can be fun, and yet at the same time he is not afraid to deal with challenging subject matter"
- Blues Bunny Magazine (U.K. - April 2007)
"Sort of a mix between Springsteen and Neil Young, they're a rock format that’s highly engaging and completely exhilarating. Vocally it’s throaty and raw but manages to convey a perfect sense of melody. Highly enjoyable and I would most certainly recommend it."
- Smother Magazine (April 2007)
"If you're in the market for some good, hummable music that touches on real human topics, Thrones of Gold just may end up being your favorite album of the year."
- Baby Sue Magazine (May 2007)
"distinctive rock with refreshing and emotional lyrics"
- Da Blues (Dutch - May 2007)
Darrin James produced "Thrones of Gold" himself, recording much of the album in his own loft studio. While his gravelly voice and gritty guitar set the distinctive tone for "Thrones of Gold," the album features many rising stars of the New York music scene including Jordan Shapiro (Project/Object, Astrograss), Jeremy Bronson, Ari Folman-Cohen (Jennifer Hartswich Band), Tim Kiah (Citigrass) Dan Jeselsohn (Dub is a Weapon, The Toasters), Dennis Lichtman (Astrograss), and Colin Stetson (Tom Waits).
By incorporating instruments such as the Hammond Organ, upright bass, Wurlitzer, fiddle, mandolin, and even ukulele, the Darrin James Band has achieved a rawness that is rare in its honesty and intensity.