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THE DARKNESS - LAST OF OUR KIND

CANARY DWARF RECORDS | Release Date: May 26 2015

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Ahh! The Darkness - the band that took on the world with ‘Permission to Land’ and won, before they fell somewhat into disarray after the follow up ‘One Way Ticket To Hell’ and disintegrated before remerging into two camps (we liked Stone Gods more than Hot Leg);  only to coalesce again with a rather variable ‘Hot Cakes’…


Well hold onto your rather splendid hats as the “real” Darkness is back three years later with suitable aplomb! The world can spin on its Lowestoft-centric access again!


Opening track and first single ‘Barbarian’ takes you back to the sound of those early days – wonderfully silly and marvelously rocking – it’s a song that leaves you believing again and the unapologetically retro riff to ‘Open Fire’ breaks down any resistance and sports largely un-high-pitched and even rather deep vocals.


Title track ‘Last of our Kind’ sees Justin’s trademark vocals to the fore again and is suitably majestic as a result before the funkier ‘Roaring Waters’ draws a picture of the impending invasion. If you were in any doubt this was a loose concept album (what would you expect from The Darkness four albums in) even the most inattentive would get it by this point.


There are more gems in the cache though – ‘Wheels of the Machine’ is a soaring ballad with Bee-Gees equaling high notes, great melodies and rather concept-neutral lyrics; ‘Mighty Wings’ on the other hand is back on track, full of pomp and keys before a dark riff creeps in  and a 70’s Prog-tinged rock groove develops.  


Some of our favourites close out the album though: ‘Mudslide’ like ‘Roaring Waters’ ups the funk and is and even better song; while ‘Sarah O Sarah’ is as grand and overblown as you might hope, riding on some real sweet guitars and Justin’s high-pitched vocal; before ‘Hammer and Tongs’ gets a Faces meets Stones wash and despite its traditional classic rock vibe works well with a little ‘Darkness’ pumped in.


One of the best and most surprising tracks though is closer ‘Conquerors’ which sees bassist Frankie Poulain take lead vocal and do a fine job with a fine seventies-shod. ‘lighter-in-the –air’ moment.   After getting rid of all the frills and many of the bells and whistles and after a while circling the airport for a while The Darkness again have their permission to land... The East will rise again!

 

by Mark Rockpit

 


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