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Hot Cakes [Explicit]
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2012
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
on 23 August 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2013
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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on 16 March 2013
For those who revel in the sort of smutty humour and catchy riffs as well as being a top-class live act which The Darkness have come to signify, this album marks a stage in their career where they have thrown down the gauntlet and made quite possibly the most daring statement of all come-backs: The Darkness have returned, and sticking trends and conformity where it belongs (in the bin.)

While some love may have been lost with their second album "One Way Ticket to Hell... And Back" and its bloated production, "Hot Cakes" marks the band harking back to what made us fall in love with them in the first place: high-octane riffs, twin-lead guitar harmony lines, Hawkin's soaring vocals and of course, the thunderous rhythm section of Graham and Poullain giving any self respecting rock fan the time of their life.

While no act is perfect, it would be fair to say that The Darkness have made an incredible body of work within the short time-span that they have re-grouped. There has been no compromise in their delivery, even adding in their superb live cover version of Radiohead's "Street Spirit" as well as "She's Just A Girl, Eddie" which was a song that was written when they first formed.

Of course this is quite simply a lot of love given as a long-time Darkness fan and rock disciple in general, but why bother with music critics when the fans love it anyway? BUY IT!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2012
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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on 4 April 2013
This is an album that shouldn't be taken too seriously. If you like their first album Permission to Land then this album will also appeal.

There are some great feel good songs like 'Everybody have a great time' (which also has quite a cool but bizarre video - youtube it), but also more stable diet stuff like 'Living Each day Blind'.

This album is neither original or inspiring with new concepts, but it is quite listenable, fun and, yeh, classic rock how it should be!

The BBC review as mentioned above is done by a bloke who seems totally out of sync with it - for a reviewer he's done a pretty darn poor job on reviewing this album. This album is not without flaws, but for the sake of £10 I would say go for it.

3 stars = Sound quality (poor monitoring on the mix and final master)
3 stars = originality
4 stars = musical standard (Lead singing could be better, good guitars!)
4 stars = Value for money (very few really duff tracks)
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4 Stars = Overall
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on 3 December 2014
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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on 13 October 2012
It's been a while since One Way Ticket, not their finest hour although a few gems there do shine out, but now The Darkness are back on top with their original line up and this new offering really rocks. Not only in the amazingly catchy tunes which I find myself waking up and already humming, but the self deprecating humour and general merriment the boys must have had whilst creating this masterpiece...lyrics such as "love you as much as a rabbit loves its hutch" and "you can take your qualifications and shove them up your..." are a refreshing departure from the usual intense rock lyric. Only trouble is my CD has been played so often it is starting to skip, so I'll just have to buy another.
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I read the BBC review a while back and to be honest I was put off a bit. I eventually bought this after listening to the snippets on Amazon and I'm so glad I did. The Darkness have put out their best album to date without a turkey amongst the songs anywhere. From start to finish I had a smile on my face as the chaps took a slightly humorous take on rock and pounded their way through the whole album of toe tapping, head banging old school hard rock. If you liked the first two records then you will love this. If you are a hard rock fan then buy it - probably the best album of this type in the last couple of years.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2012
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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