The Darkness knew how to pen a tune. From their brash and energetic debut, to their expertly-crafted sophomore release, they whipped up a heaping stack of songs that kept listeners tied to their repeat buttons. And although the band attracted mixed reviews from critics and casual passers-by, that never stopped fans from enjoying what The Darkness had to offer in the realm of rock.
The "One Way Ticket to Hell...and Back!" album was a collection of brilliant production, crushing dynamics, and melodies that wouldn't simply get stuck in your head...once in your head, they would make themselves comfortable and pop a cold brew to celebrate. From the all-out rocker "Is It Just Me?" to the fun-natured "Hazel Eyes," which practically forces you to sing along with its chorus, the album was not in short supply of variety.
Taken from that album as a single was the song "Girlfriend"...quite possibly the sophomore release's most radio-friendly track. The song is full-to-the-brim with harmony, and utilizes the "simple verse, strong chorus" structure very well. The song features stringed instrumentation to provide it with some extra texture and fullness, and a synth/keytar takes precedence over a guitar for the solo...presenting something different to wrap one's ears around, and adding to the overall bubbly mood of the song.
The "Richie Edwards Mix" is a solid re-imagining, and doesn't depart too far from the original or get too lost in dance remix cliches. It clocks in longer than the original, and if anything, it would serve to simply make a fan crack a smile. The fact that this CD single features only the two versions of the same track somewhat hurts it, due to most of the other CD singles from The Darkness possessing a non-album b-side track or two.
So, all-in-all, if you are a big fan of the band, and an even bigger fan of the tune, I suggest trying to hunt this down. It may not offer as much as other single CDs from the band, but what it does offer makes it that much more unique.