Monday, July 2, 2012

GOBL's Top 50: #28 "Love That Leaves", Somebody's Darling

I saw Somebody's Darling perform for the first time back in November 2007 at The Cavern.  I raved about their performance, saying about lead singer Amber Farris that "if [her] vocals don't move you, check your pulse to see if you're still alive."  Ms. Farris and her Janis Joplin meets country style have always been part of the band's signature style.

Yet my favorite track of theirs is "Love That Leaves", a song that somewhat breaks the typical mold of the Somebody's Darling song.  Although Amber's vocals are as passionate as ever, the song leans more towards  a straight ahead rock approach than their other songs.  And in the vocals, there are times where Ms. Farris's vocal mannerisms remind me of a 10,000 Maniacs period Natalie Merchant.  Their former bass player, the late Adam Carter, had many a discussion on this track.  He cited this as his favorite song of the band's, and I have to full heartedly agree.

The track is available on the Ultraviolet compilation CD released in 2008.  All proceeds from the purchase of the CD go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  If you don't already own the CD, I'd encourage you to click here and purchase it.  But before you buy, go ahead and give Somebody's Darling's contribution to the disc a listen.

Love That Leaves by Somebody's Darling on Grooveshark

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