Consider, for a moment, bassist Bill Botting, who spends three-quarters of last night's Allo Darlin' show in the air, pogoing for minutes at a time, punctuating songs with cannonball jumps, smiling uninterrupted. His presence, in tandem with singer Elizabeth Morris' happy dancing and ukelele wailing, could lead you to categorize the band as stridently poppy, unabashedly upbeat... Until Morris returns for the encore and, backed only by her quietly strummed uke, sings "Tallulah," bringing to focus the bread and butter of their excellent new album, and what's really been going on here at Mercury Lounge over the last 45 minutes. Lines like, "I'm wondering if I've already heard all the songs that will already mean something, and I'm wondering if I've already met all the people that will mean something," dragged across simple, aching melodies in one of the purest, warmest voices imaginable. Bittersweet pop is best kind of pop. Done and done.
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