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Is it shocking? No
Is it an unexpected Darkness album? No
Is it amazing? YES
This album will remind you what great rock music sounds like...at a time when terrible pop music rules the radio.
For the record, I am a huge fan of The Darkness. Permission to Land is one of my favorite albums. I think One Way Ticket to Hell and Back is an amazing album too (for different reasons), but it missed the mark in many aspects. I really enjoyed the Justin Hawkins solo efforts, but I was worried about a "reunion" album/tour.
I've only had a chance to listen to the album once through (it was just released this morning)...but so far, I loved it instantly, which is a VERY good sign for me. Even at 15 tracks (get the .mp3 album and you get four more songs!), the time flew by. Time will tell if I enjoy it as much as Permission to Land, but it certainly has potential. I do agree with the reviewers who said it is basically more of "The Darkness" so you know what you're getting, but it feels like the band has found the perfect mix between the sounds of their Permission to Land and One Way Ticket albums. If you didn't like The Darkness before, this album won't convince you either, but for those of us who do, they've given us a fantastic album and it is SO much better than I expected. At $7.99 (as of 8/21/12) for the 15 track .mp3 album, it is a steal so do yourself a favor and get it!
UPDATE (08/23/12) - I've had a chance to listen to the album many times now and I can say that while I still prefer the superior 'Permission to Land' (which would be hard to top, let's be honest), Hot Cakes comes a close second and feels like a great sequel to that album.Read more ›
Should they have bothered? Of course they should have.
Have they triumphed? Kind of
One Way Ticket has been my favourite of the two Darkness albums so far. I loved the Queen influences and it was a perfect mix of rock and pop.
Permission To Land, for me, was a great album but some of the songs didn't hit the mark for me - Black Shuck and the two `Love...' ballads. This album was supposed to be a return to that rawer sound but to me it doesn't sound like PTL at all.
With Hot Cakes we find The Darkness in a mature, reflective mode, which for The Darkness, isn't necessarily a good thing. Not that it's a bad thing either. Bands mature and change sound but in doing so rarely exceed the likeability of their `old stuff'.
I very much wanted to love Hot Cakes and unfortunately I don't. It was never going to be better than One Way Ticket for me and I wasn't expecting it to be. I think what's missing here is a bit of that Darkness magic. Too often it doesn't feel like a Darkness album.
I could only give one track an A-. The bulk of the rest are B's and B+'s.
Many of the songs are often in the verse/chorus/verse/chorus/slow chorus/chorus format - which so many songs are this past decade. Throw in the odd uninspired guitar solo (there's nothing sounding remotely like Brian May on this one) and you have too many underwhelming songs. Maybe it's my own high expectations at fault.Read more ›
Can't wait to attend another concert! Hope they come this way soon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Darkness are a great band and I love this release which is excellent! !!!Published 8 months ago by nick bacic
Great record. If you like this style of music, this is a must-own. The songwriting, playing and recording are all top notch. These guys are the real deal.Published 12 months ago by PEP
Very good album. Fav songs besides the 3 singles were She's just a girl Eddie, Concrete, and Street Spirit.Published 13 months ago by Stephen Hoayun