CD REVIEW The Darkness

Band: The Darkness
Album title: Hot Cakes
Label: /
Distributor: PIAS
Release date: Out Now
Release: CD

The Darkness is a British rock band from the UK and was formed in 2000. The band consists of Justin Hawkins (lead vocals, guitar), his brother Dan Hawkins (guitar, backing vocals), Frankie Poullain (bass, backing vocals) and Ed Graham (drums). The band is mostly characterized by their classic rock elements and their eccentric stage performances.

The Darkness came to the mainstream with the release of their debut album entitled Permission To Land in 2003 with their all-time hit "I Believe In A Thing Called Love". The album got them quadruple platinum in the United Kingdom, with sales of over 1,300,000. After extensive touring in support of their debut album, Poullain left the band in 2005, and was replaced by their former guitar technician Ritchie Edwards.

Their latest album Hot Cakes is actually bit of a let-down to me. Ok, there are still some ok riffs on it, and yes some good solos. But to be honest it, it feels (or rather sounds) as if they have lost their balls along the way. They have taken a softer approach with this one and it didn't work out.

64/100

Jeroen.