11 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Nashville four-piece Darling Parade humbly describes its approach to music as “pop, rock.” The throttled “When It’s Over” introduces the band's 2013 debut album sounding like a slightly heavier version of Ednaswap—save for frontwoman Kristin Kearns, who inflects with the authoritative confidence and soaring vocal strength of a young Pat Benatar. The catchy, guitar-heavy gem “Ghost” rocks out like something from Garbage’s 1995 eponymous debut, with slightly mechanical-sounding studio flourishes peppering it. “Messin’ with Me” is another outstanding jam, with winding guitars that simmer down into chugging riffs before Kearns comes out singing and swinging with more attitude than Meredith Brooks’ feisty vocals in 1997’s Blurring the Edges. This extends into the faster-paced “Coming Undone,” a life-after-breakup anthem that would sit well on a mix alongside Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know.” The group closes with the Cranberries-esque lovelorn ballad “With You.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Nashville four-piece Darling Parade humbly describes its approach to music as “pop, rock.” The throttled “When It’s Over” introduces the band's 2013 debut album sounding like a slightly heavier version of Ednaswap—save for frontwoman Kristin Kearns, who inflects with the authoritative confidence and soaring vocal strength of a young Pat Benatar. The catchy, guitar-heavy gem “Ghost” rocks out like something from Garbage’s 1995 eponymous debut, with slightly mechanical-sounding studio flourishes peppering it. “Messin’ with Me” is another outstanding jam, with winding guitars that simmer down into chugging riffs before Kearns comes out singing and swinging with more attitude than Meredith Brooks’ feisty vocals in 1997’s Blurring the Edges. This extends into the faster-paced “Coming Undone,” a life-after-breakup anthem that would sit well on a mix alongside Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know.” The group closes with the Cranberries-esque lovelorn ballad “With You.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Chasexy ,

Must Have!!!

Sick of listening to top 40 pop? Look no further than Darling Parade's much anticipated first full album release, "Battle Scars and Broken Hearts". This dynamic power pop group brings fresh sounds filled with rocking riffs and lyrics that hit just as hard as the drums. Not to mention their smokin' hot singer and guitarist Kristin Kearns, whose songwriting and bodacious pipes have to ability to tap into anyone and tug on their heartstrings.

I absolutely love every second of it. You can tell that Darling Parade worked hard on every single note of this album. So excited for more to come from these guys (and Girl)!!!!

Sita808 ,

Very delicious!

Sorta reminds me of paramore....totally loving this group! Good sound.

Peacelilyfree ,

More and more impressive each time :)

This album is so personal. Each song takes you back to that one person, that one memory. Kristin is an excellent singer/songwriter and it's easy to see that Nate, Casey and Dustin are more than band members-- they are her brothers. Do yourself a favor and pick this cd up, help this band reach the next stages in their career. You won't regret it.

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