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The rise, fall, and rise again of The Darkness contains all the ingredients of a classic rock opera. The basics are a matter of public record: unfashionable good-time hard rock band from Lowestoft slog their way around the Camden pub circuit, build a word-of-mouth following that can fill theatres without a record deal, then rocket to world stardom selling over 3 million copies of their debut ... Read more in Amazon's The Darkness Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition
  • Label: PIAS.
  • ASIN: B008CG1HZQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Every Inch of You
2. Nothin's Gonna Stop Us
3. With A Woman
4. Keep Me Hangin' On
5. Living Each Day Blind
6. Everybody Have A Good Time
7. She Just A Girl, Eddie
8. Forbidden Love
9. Concrete
10. Street Spirit (Fade Out)
11. Love Is Not The Answer
12. I Can't Believe It's Not Love (Acoustic Demo)
13. Love Is Not The Answer (Acoustic Demo)
14. Pat Pong Ladies (Demo Mix)
15. Cannonball (Long Version)

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The Darkness Hot Cakes

BBC Review

Having reformed last year following a five-year hiatus, Hot Cakes marks The Darkness’ return to album-releasing ways with more of the knowingly ludicrous, overblown pop-metal that saw their debut, Permission to Land, soar to number one in 2003. But if the novelty had already worn off by the time of their second album in 2005, this comeback effort tests the patience beyond breaking point.

Swathed in a kind of sincere irony, The Darkness are both a celebration and affectionate parody of a genre that's always had an underlying sense of humour about itself. And as such, once their initial impact dissipates, they live or die on the strength of their material.

But whereas Permission to Land pivoted on fun, hooky FM anthems such as I Believe in a Thing Called Love, here they rely too heavily on ready-made riffs, generic melodies and lyrical clichés. Despite a small handful of superficially catchy Boston-clones such as Nothing's Gonna Stop Us, they fail to transcend their influences and add any significant character of their own.

Unless, that is, you count singer Justin Hawkins' shrieking falsetto. It's certainly a distinctive instrument, and amusing in small doses, but prolonged exposure to it proves grating and monotonous. On the likes of With a Woman, his voice is simply a horrendous noise, actively painful, like the cast of Rock of Ages being tortured by a dentist.

That they're overbearing is essentially the point of The Darkness, but that's something of a self-inflicted wound. Shackled by their own schlock, they don't make a virtue of their dogged limitations in the way that, say, AC/DC do. Instead they just hammer away at their glutinous template, writing songs that somehow manage to be instantly memorable and immediately forgettable.

The best rock parodies are musically appealing, as well as accurate. But the likes of Spinal Tap and The Rutles' Neil Innes are better songwriters than The Darkness. They may know their sources inside out, but they can't harness them with any inspiration or wit. The best they can do is resort to supposedly hilarious bawdiness; Carry On Speedwagon.

They shouldn't have bothered, frankly.

--Paul Whitelaw

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Aug. 2012
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No point in over analysing it and indeed, the BBC review is dubiously wide of the mark. Either the reviewer doesn't 'get it', or they didn't listen to it properly.

I don't know of another band that has managed to be both a pantomime act (and a pant wettingly funny one at that), AND a brilliant rock band too. This album has even more smutty and self-deprecating humour in it than the previous two albums combined yet still manages to be a very good rock album in its own right.

You could strip away the pantomime element and you'd have a classic rock album that sounds.... brilliant!

Ignore all the 'blah, blah derivative this and that' whinging. If you like your rock that sounds cool and bounces along very nicely you'll love this. I bought into The Darkness as an act AND a rock band when they were playing live before 'Permission to Land' was released and this reaffirms why I did with a slap around the face and a cheeky grope for good measure to remind me why.

Just buy it. Period.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Farwell on 23 Aug. 2012
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I've been a fan of The Darkness since Permission to land and was massively dissapointed when they parted ways. The Stone Gods and Hot Leg were all well and good, but neither could hold a torch to The Darkness.

But now, after 7 long years, The Darkness are back to bring proper old school rock back into our lives! The album is everything I hoped it would be. More akin to Permission to land than One way ticket, with a mixture of balls out rock anthems like Everybody have a good time, Concrete and With a woman and epic power ballads like Living each day blind, Forbidden love and Love is not the answer. The whole album is laced with Queen like harmonies, fantastic guitar solos and of course Justin's trademark falsetto.

On that note, I have to re-iterate what other reviewers have said and that is that the BBC bloke clearly has no idea what rock music should sound like!! Justin's falsetto is as on form as ever and certainly not "a horrendous noise", as he puts it! Yes, The Darkness take influences from other bands like Queen and AC/DC, but then if no-one took any influences from anyone else, where would we be!?

If you were ever a fan of The Darkness before, or you are a newcomer who longs for a blast of proper rock in this age of naff pop music, then this is an essential purchase. I'd also urge anyone to go for the deluxe version with 4 extra tracks. The standout being I can't believe it's not love. The Darkness are back and long may they reign! Long live Rock and Roll!!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr Funt on 21 Aug. 2012
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Do you like rock music? do you have a sense of humour? If you can answer yes to either of these questions buy this album it's awesome! As the other reviewer said please ignore the BBC review it's pathetic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. M. Edwards on 6 Jan. 2013
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To give this review context, I bought this on sight without reading a single review, as I loved the previous two albums and was very sad that they split up (until I heard Steel Panther...). Yes, One Way Ticket was overblown and very short, but it was still fun, and I think that counts for a lot, as so much music sounds generic and dull in the charts now.

My hopes were that this was more of the same old Darkness, and I was surprised to find quite a different album than a continuation from where they left off. Gone is the silly overproduced nonsense, and this actually sounds more stripped back to its rock roots than Permission to Land. There are a few cracking tracks on the album, and it has some really funny lyrics. On a whole, the album is very listenable, but not as catchy and radio-ready as Permission to Land. My personal favourite tracks are 4-10 and 14, which is pretty much the whole album, but track 9 'Concrete' is just excellent. The deluxe edition give quite a few extra songs, but just spend that extra pound so as you get their cover of Radiohead's 'Street Spirit' (track 10) - I did, and I wasn't disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aitchpup on 29 Dec. 2012
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Highly underrated band ,so talented .An album of greatness .i suggest you get it now,your ears will love you for it!
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Far surpassing the theatrics and comedy of "Permission to Land" which dogged The Darkness on "One Way Ticket" this is easily the band's best work and, more importantly, a truly fine rock album. The theatrics and tongue-in -cheek are still present, but these are tempered with maturity and a sensitivity missing from their previous work. Justin's high pitched vocals are much more well rounded and later tracks, such as Concrete and Love is Not the Answer, prove that there is far more depth to the band than their theatrics implies.

The BBC review is well well well off the mark in respect of this album. If you like "the Darkness" this is a must have. If you want a good, solid, rock album that hits all the marks without missing a beat, this is a must have.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By logus maximus on 21 Aug. 2012
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So glad the bbc review slags it off, I mean come on let's not forget [...] these aren't people whose endorsement is anything to crave!

This album is an excellent piece of rock
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RetroAEROSMITH on 22 Aug. 2012
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If you liked the other albums youll indeed find something to love here. Blends of Queen/AcDc/Hot Leg/Thin Lizzy riffage,

A welcome return to honest music compared to the vile XFactor isms like Olly Murrs and Marcus thingy.

If you never have enjoyed anything by The Darkness what the hell are you reading a review for said album for??

Standout tracks include Concrete and Every inch of you and forbidden love. The deluxe version includes 4 extra tracks and 2 videos, i cant believe its not love being an excellent track.

Highly recommended follow up to the criminally under rated (and underplayed during the recent tour) One way ticket to hell.
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