CD Reviews

The Darkness - 'Pinewood Smile' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 07, 2017    
0.0 (0)
3219   0   1   0   0   0






The Darkness is shining brightly here.

Think of flamboyant performances, eloquent and witty lyrics, Falsetto vocals and catsuits and two bands come to mind – Queen and The Darkness. For the latter, the link between the two bands becomes stronger as the newest band member is none other than Rufus Tiger Taylor, son of Queen's Roger Taylor.

First single and opener 'All The Pretty Girls' is Justin Hawkins' social commentary on life as a Rock Star and the pros and cons of female attention that comes with it. Meanwhile, the coolest of all buccaneers swashes his buckle as Justin Hawkins delivers a fast, heavy and meaty 'Buccaneers Of Hispaniola'. Returning to traditional Rock comes 'Solid Gold' whose anthemic sound explores the highs and lows of the music industry. It really does seem these guys are "Shitting Out Solid Gold" when it comes to song-writing! Next up, 'Southern Trains', Rocks at full steam ahead, only pausing momentarily before a blistering guitar solo pushes the song on.

Justin Hawkins' voice is not purely about upper register tones as ballad 'Why Don't The Beautiful Cry' shows. Jangly guitars and a softer approach gives this a seventies feel, likewise, the faster-paced number 'Lay Down With Me, Barbara'.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

Since 2003 when the world was hit with 'Permission To Land', despite highs and lows, the journey to today's line-up of Justin and Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain and Taylor has resulted in drive, enthusiasm and musicianship that makes them almost untouchable live. That energy throughout this album must, in part, be credited to producer Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse). In a world, full of processed Pop and two-dimensional personalities, this is so refreshing.

There's more anthemic Rock with 'Japanese Prisoner Of Love'. With this offering, Dan Hawkins explores many guitar tonal shades from a deep pounding rhythmic wall of sound to twin screaming solos as his brother releases another flurry of humorous but brilliantly penned lyrics. The summertime Rock of 'Happiness' is perhaps the most commercial track to be found here but just like 'Stampede Of Love' with its Country flavour, they are not your standard Darkness fodder.

If there is one thing certain about The Darkness, it's that they are serious about not taking themselves seriously! This album is overflowing with fun and sees the band putting out some the strongest, witty and hard-hitting material to date. The Darkness is shining brightly here!

Paul Sabin

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  September 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
   1  2  3  4  5  6
  7  8  910111213

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 4 hours, 1 minute ago
  • Hysteria : Received my download copy almost immediately and downloaded 50 magazines for free. Cannot complain! Thanks guys!!!
  • KI2000 : Love the new issue guys, great magazine!
  • Berny : @Mugi89: Your confirmation mail was sent on the 22nd, I've just sent it again. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • Mugi89 : Hi! I purchased my digital copy of issue 92 2 days ago but still didn't receive it. When am I gonna be able to download it? thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Your mail was forwarded to the Fireworks team yesterday, I am going to ask them again. Sorry for the delay!
  • Berny : @Mitch Perry: Your order was received at 4AM local time. As stated on the order page, all payments have to be processed manually. Your copy of Fireworks 92 was added to your download section, many thanks for the purchase.
  • Berny : @RobC68: I sent you two emails explaining the situation. There's not much more I can do for you at the moment, so I'd suggest you stop buying the magazine. Thanks.
  • zom414 : Still not received the latest issue by post, I've emailed as well but not heard anything. Can you let me know what's happening please?
  • Mitch Perry : Can I have my download link, please? Issue 92 22 Sep 2020 07:57:11 BST Paypal Transaction ID: 1BS38875MX3700248
  • RobC68 : purchased issue 92 in download version. been waiting more than a day....PATHETIC SERVICE as it happens with every purchase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Berny : @rgilman: Please check your e - mail for download instructions.
  • rgilman : Hello I bought the Deep Purple issue how do I download it? Thanks
  • Berny : @jharper36: Please check your e - mail.
  • jharper36 : Hi, i purchased the download of issue #92. How do I download it?
  • Berny : @loudjlopez: Sorry for the troubles, pls. check your mail. Many thanks!
  • loudjlopez@m : Any word on my digital download of issue 91. Paid on Saturday. It is Tuesday. Thanks
  • loudjlopez@m : Paid for Fireworks #91 for digital download. No word since Saturday and it is Monday.
  • Berny : @fdr: Magazines were sent on Monday. Thanks for your purchase and best regards, B. :)
  • fdr : Hi, yesterday (august 12th) I sent you a payment for 21GBP for the purchase of issues 91 and 82 of Fireworks magazine. (code 7D3182072X778721A) but still haven't received a word od confirmation. Can you please check?
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site