Pinewood Smile (CD)


The Darkness

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Amoeba Review

10/04/2017

The Darkness create a type of hard rock we desperately need. Instead of the garage scene that takes their aesthetic and sound from the world of beat-up, proto-punk 45s found in discount bins, The Darkness are the mixed-up and unholy spiritual successors to both Cheap Trick and Iron Maiden with songs that are poppier and catchier while splitting your head in two. Their fifth album, Pinewood Smile, might be their most polished album yet with pitch-perfect production by Grammy-winning producer Adrian Busby, but they still don't sacrifice any of their fiery energy. To have an album this bold and loud in 2017, as music has gotten calmer and softer, feels like a reaction to the current state of pop itself. Lead singer Justin Hawkins even says that the album was made deliberately chaotic and wild, otherwise "the last bastion of cultural sensibility will fall and our airwaves will be polluted by meaningless pop purveyed by arseholes and morons." Though "All The Pretty Girls" has the elements of a classic, there's something beautifully reckless and ear-shattering that adds a dimension of insanity to the track. At its core, the song is pure power pop, like what your parents could've listened to, but in today's musical landscape it feels like a middle-finger to the establishment. Justin Hawkins screeches into a mic so powerfully, especially during the chorus, that it would even give Bruce Dickinson's legendary howl a run for its money. "Solid Gold" feels more like '70s AM Gold than rock from today, which is probably due to the addition of Rufus Taylor, son of Queen's Rod Taylor, who bangs on the drums like he's in a Foghat cover band. But it feels like an authentic callback to the '70s, not some weirdo novelty act. The Darkness is the real deal that makes rock feel like ROCK, down to the banging electric guitar solos and riffs to pound beer to. Drop this on your turntable, spark one up, and get in for the ride this album is going to take you on.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
All The Pretty Girls
The Darkness 03:18
2.
Buccaneers Of Hispaniola
The Darkness 03:06
3.
Solid Gold
The Darkness 04:32
4.
Southern Trains
The Darkness 02:52
5.
Why Don't The Beautiful Cry?
The Darkness 03:36
6.
Japanese Prisoner Of Love
The Darkness 04:19
7.
Lay Down With Me, Barbra
The Darkness 04:05
8.
I Wish I Was In Heaven
The Darkness 03:21
9.
Happiness
The Darkness 03:13
10.
Stampede Of Love
The Darkness 03:54

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