Darker My Love - Alive As You Are
Someone must have moved the psychedelic goalposts when I wasn’t looking because I never remember it quite like this. Darker My Love’s third album Alive As You Are with its vocal harmonies and jangly guitars is more Beach Boys than Hawkwind. That’s not to say that the album is not without psychedelic tinges, and the lazier reviewer could as easily describe it as blues or country - which is partially true, but hardly entirely accurate either! In the simplest terms, Alive As You Are is a pop album, and a poorly dated one at that. Sounding like a lost tape from the early ‘60s, opener ‘Backseat’ gets proceedings off to an ignominious start as the pale melodies and lacklustre harmonies sound wan and tepid, a poor imitation of the original classics of yore. Whilst the album doesn’t deteriorate from here, neither does it improve, instead following a steady path of three minute songs with nothing to recommend or elevate them above the over-populated retro guitar pop mire.