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Life And How To Live It

by Darlingd

A musical concept through the halls of hearing and feeling, mixing elements of emo, pop, & darkwave; filled with powerful guitars, emotion drenched vocals, and beats that keep you wanting more.
Genre: Rock: 90's Rock
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1. Fallout
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2. Thirty-second-shutdown
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3. Something's Wrong
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4. Mistake
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5. Around Again
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6. Fear of Man
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7. The Stranger
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8. Watching Over You
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9. Strength of the Flood
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10. Frank001
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We are proud to present you "life & how to live it," from darlingd. The second full length spawned from the artist that was greatly influential in the forming of Path of Allyson, Dimmerswitch, and Henry.Sam.Ocean from the Atlanta music scene. From the roots of known acts such as "Sugar," "School of Fish", and "Toad the Wet Sprocket," darlingd drives the lines between pop and dark wave. "life & how to live it" was recorded with producer Gavin Fisher (the ajax heavies & dimmerswitch) at Romperroom Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Incorporating different musicians in the recording process, the record shines as it shows a tightly-rocked-package filled with emotion to unparalleled levels.

"One band. Lots of fun. From the first song to the last, this is an enjoyable, catchy listen. Everything's stupendous, nothing's inadequate." -Indieville.com

"a startling discovery because of the outright excellence of these songs coming out of nowhere from an unsigned artist-not to mention Taylor's heartfelt, raw, and sublime singing. It's an intriguing glimpse into an as-yet undiscovered songwriter's potential." -Rockbites Alternative Daily

"DarlingD's music is a distinctive riposte to the mood pop of the late 80's and 90's. Through lightly battered guitar riffs and sub-baritone vocals, DarlingD recaptures the spirit of the pop-meets-alternative movement with out sacrificing inventiveness."
-Pete Knapp, Shut Eye Records Owner

"Reminiscent of Sugar with the style and energy of modern emo bands with a twist of dark-wave"
-David Stone, WGHR Program Director


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C.E. Pelc, fmsound.net 09.2002

Catchy pop-infused
What do I like the most about darlingd’s new album Life and How to Live it? It would definitely have to be the baritone voice of lead singer and guitarist Daniel Taylor. It’s just so different from what you hear out there today—it has such a rich texture and just seems to melt around you like warm butter. Life and How to Live it is the first full-length rock album for this group who counts bands like School of Fish and Toad the Wet Sprocket as influences, to give you an idea of their sound. Catchy pop-infused tracks are dominate on this 10 track album, but that’s not to say that it sounds like anything out there right now. This is definitely an album worth picking up and giving a spin.

Aiding & Abetting Magazine: Issue # 233: 09.09.2002

Crunchy, darkly tuneful gothic pop
Crunchy, darkly tuneful gothic pop. Maybe more Smithsy than goth, but I think you get the point. This sound is coming back fast and these folks have a real nice handle on it.

Norm Deplume

...smart, listenable, lush, and artistic throughout...
I am extremely glad to have this disk of ten songs, and I like it as much as the five-song ep I reviewed a few months back. It’s smart, listenable, lush, and artistic throughout -- in the best, most satisfying sense. Various blurbs describe darlingd -- Daniel Taylor, Gavin Fisher et al -- as riding the line between pop and darkwave, or between alternative and emo, etc -- I'll go back a bit and say this reminds me of a cleaner, drier, poppier version of Joy Division from many years hence. But that's just one inept comparison. I can hear a bit of REM, one of their Georgia precursors -- and there's been a lot of good music from Georgia, hasn't there? I think, like a few other areas, -- MPLS comes to mind, the high standards of past successes has raised the bar for later artists like this. Darlingd is the real deal, and the disk demands repeat listening and a regular space in your collection. Songs that I like a lot: #1. Fallout, #3. Something's wrong, #4. Mistake, #5, #6, #7, #8, ( I'll wait in line...to be just just like you.) --beautiful piano unexpectedly...#9 great...Kurt would have liked it....ok, I like #10 too.


what a surprise!!!
wow.. I actually had gotten this CD as a freebie (one of the things I love about CDBabay!! ** unbiased plug here**)
and I was really.. really surprised to hear Darlingd. Wow, man'o'man, like totally.. anyhow am not to sure what I am hearing here. Bits of the Cure? Crash Test Dummies? Depeche Mode? as a listener I will tell you if you buy this CD you will not be disappointed. This-- this is the reason I am a fan of Inde music!! To stumble across gems like Darlingd