11 Dec 2005

The Darkness: funny on purpose

+ posted by FlamingWhopper

The problem with the Darkness' 2003 debut album is that the band could never seem to decide if it was a jokey homage to 1970s hard rock or simply a joke. Ultimately, the lame material and disastrous live shows decided the issue: Joke.

Against all odds, the band's second album, "One Way Ticket to Hell ... and Back," is a riot of arpeggio guitar solos, over-the-top vocals and big, dumb fun. Play it for that mulleted uncle who is still driving a '76 Camaro and watch his eyes roll back in his head.
09 Dec 2005

The Darkness releases solid second CD

+ posted by FlamingWhopper

If a lead singer shrouds himself in sequined zebra-striped unitards on stage, can we really expect the band's music to display any less candor and intensity? If musicianship in any way corresponds to fashion sense, then America can breathe a collective sigh of relief that the Darkness' sophomore effort won't disappoint.
09 Dec 2005

The Darkness men go to hell

+ posted by FlamingWhopper

It’s sometimes difficult to tell if The Darkness is the embodiment of rock and roll or simply a ridiculous parody of it. This dilemma arises in part from lead singer Justin Hawkins’ fondness of skintight sequin pants and the band’s video for their 2003 hit “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” which inexplicably featured a spaceship and a giant red squid. Even the cover of the band’s latest album, which depicts a train heading straight into the fires of hell and is reminiscent of Meatloaf’s deliciously dramatic cover for Bat Out of Hell, suggests a certain level of satire.
09 Dec 2005
" 'ello, this is vocalist Justin Hawkins from the Darkness, here to talk about our amazing, fantastic, unbelievable second album, One Way Ticket to Hell...and Back. [Pauses] What? You think the album is way more over-the-top than Permission to Land?
09 Dec 2005
From the oxymoronic title to the overstuffed sound to the often-hilarious lyrics, the Darkness sounds like the Spinal Tap guys hiding out in a Queen tribute band.

Funny thing, though this is no joke, though it sounds like one. The British quartet is serious about reconstituting Queen's '70s pomp-rock, to the point of hiring the legendary Roy Thomas Baker (who handled "Bohemian Rhapsody") to produce.

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