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  Thrones of Gold by Darrin James

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Artist: Darrin James
Title: Thrones of Gold
Catalogue Number: Bridge Street Records
Review Format: CD
Release Year: 2006

This is an album of contrasts.  From straight rock to dark songs in the style of Leonard Cohen to Southside Johnny soul influenced rock, the influences are certainly many and varied.  It is one for people who like something a bit different rather than straight down the line pop music.

The opening track "Trivial" is a cracking piece of pure rock, and is followed by the more soulful organ influenced funky rock sound of "Duct Tape". Two classy numbers that have genuine hit potential if given the airplay they richly deserve.  With a couple of excellent rockers to open, you could be forgiven for thinking that you would be getting more of the same.  Instead the rest of the album meanders its way through some diverse and often intriguing performances.

With "Herie" we have what very much sounds like a personal piece of cathartic musical story telling - dark and verging on disturbing it may be, yet sung with a feeling that is rare in a musical climate that rewards insipidness.  "Only a Woman" is another particularly outstanding song with Darrin's throaty and gravely vocals giving an extra edge to some cutting lyrics.  "Faith on the Run" is a surprisingly catchy country rock style number; while "Crazy World" has a strong Doors influence.  And nowhere is the eclectic nature of this album more apparent than with "Thrones of Gold" which actually brings to mind the Soggy Bottom Boys from "O Brother Where Art Thou?".

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 when the need arises.

To find out more about Darrin James, as well as hear some of the music, checkout  Sonicbids EPK</a>.
Review Date: June 22 2007