Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Every Inch of You

Song: Every Inch of You
Artist: The Darkness
Album: Hot Cakes

Well this was a surprise... The Darkness are back!

After the commercially unsuccessful sophomore album, 2005's "One Way Ticket to Hell... and Back," the band took a looooong hiatus to let lead singer Justin Hawkins do rehab for alcohol and cocaine.  Yikes.

I personally loved "One Way Ticket," found it the perfect over-the-top follow-up to their debut, but it just didn't have a single that could contend with the legacy of their tongue-in-cheek, return-to-rock anthem "I Believe in a Thing Called Love."  Too bad, that record is pretty great.

They've returned after seven years away with the well-named "Hot Cakes," featuring a perfectly over-the-top cover of some bikini-clad chicks on pancakes.  To get everyone back to speed, first track "Every Inch of You" tells The Darkness story thus far, and features a falsetto break in which Hawkins screams "suck my cock" in his trademark yelp.  Wow.

"Hot Cakes" isn't a revelation, but there are a handful of good songs and serves more as a welcome return from the brink vs. sure-fire hit packed.  But hell... I thought they did that with "One Way Ticket."  But it's packed with their wink-wink hair metal and calls-to-party guitar anthems.  It could be a lot worse.

They've decided to end the album with a definitive studio version of their live favorite cover of Radiohead's "Street Spirit (Fade Out.)"  If you haven't heard it... you're in for a treat. (listen below) If you were a fan of the band, you should definitely check this out.

Currently on tour opening for Lady Gaga for the Born This Way Ball.


Every Inch of You
Everybody Have a Good Time
Street Spirit (Fade Out)

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