TEXAS MONTHY

JANUARY ’99

By Jason Cohen

The one-man band known as Darin has a simple philosophy: "The hook is not part of the song; the hook is the song." On his solo debut record, Solitarium (Copper), the Austinite (formerly half of Trish and Darin, with sister Trish Murphy) flaunts his influences (there are hipper antecedents, but it comes down to Revolver) in pleasingly left-of-center songs that offer more pop than a roomful of broken balloons. You’ll be hooked.