eMusic Review 1
Every hard-rock and metal band worth its weight pushes the line of good taste until it risks parody, but few do this as deliberately as The Darkness. Their cheekiness with glam-metal clichÃ©s suggests they think it all a joke; their undeniable talent argues it’s not. Following the immediate success of their 2003 debut Permission to Land, this small town British quartet was hit with a fusillade of drug, health and compatibility problems: Even while falling apart, these guys mastered the classic-rock script with quasi-satirical panache.
Featuring all four original members, Hot Cakes is the Darkness’s comeback bid, and true to form, it’s everything you’d want and expect from a band that’s chalked up rehab, tell-all autobiography and hip replacements during its time off. Whereas 2005′s One Way Ticket to Hellâ€¦and Back was overproduced by the king of over-production, Queen collaborator Roy Thomas Baker, their third album is their triumphant back-to-basics move. Given that it’s mixed by Bob Ezrin, studio overlord for KISS, Lou Reed and Pink Floyd’s most excessive works, rawness is relative: There are still more multi-tracked guitar orchestrations and overripe vocal overdubs than on the first seven Beatles albums combined.
This time around, though, there’s a renewed emphasis on generating… read more »