The Darkness - Last Of Our Kind

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Last Of Our Kind is the fourth studio album by British hard rock group The Darkness, released in May 2015 via Canary Dwarf Records.

Since first bursting onto an unsuspecting music scene in 2003 with their stellar debut album, Permission To Land, The Darkness became a lightning rod, exciting, confusing and sometimes even angering listeners. Their spectacular rise to fame, equaled by an equally rapid fall from grace, were blamed on a roller coaster of rock ‘n’ roll cliches: substance abuse, egomania, over-exposure.

The band reconvened in 2012 to record their third album, Hot Cakes, which tried to pick up where it had left off. But there were mixed results. With The Last Of Our Kind, The Darkness returned with some old swagger and some new twists.

From the opening notes of the first track, “Barbarian”, the record is everything a Darkness fan could hope for. Following a brief spoken introduction, an almighty riff blasts in, and we’re in familiar territory. By the time they get to the insanely catchy chorus, you’re reminded why you loved them in the first place.

In “Open Fire”, the band bends its signature approach, employing a guitar line that’s right out of the Cult’s playbook. There’s no denying the power of their musicianship on The Last Of Our Kind. Frontman Justin Hawkins not only has one of the most identifiable voices in rock, but he’s also one of the best lead guitar players of the ’00s. The production here, by guitarist Dan Hawkins, is sharp, warm and powerful.

The title cut, with its shimmering acoustic guitar and signature vocals, steers into autobiographical territory. “We are survivors, the ones left behind / Defenders of the legacy, the last of our kind,” Hawkins sings. Are The Darkness the last of their kind? Don’t doubt that for a second.

Tracks like “Roaring Waters” and “Mudslide” shows off a funkier side of the band, nailing a stomping groove that would make Aerosmith proud. “Sarah O Sarah” is a soaring guitar escapade that sounds like a cross between Fleetwood Mac and Yes. And “Hammer And Tongs” is all kinds of Stones/Faces riffing with a dash of T. Rex thrown in.

Say what you will about The Darkness. Yes, they often sound a lot like Queen in a wrestling match with AC/DC refereed by Monty Python. And despite Hawkins’ over-the-top vocals, they’re not a parody or joke band. They write some great songs, and on The Last Of Our Kind they make a triumphant return.

Last Of Our Kind is the first Darkness album to feature drummer Emily Dolan Davies; according to the band, original drummer Ed Graham "departed under mysterious circumstances."

Check out the tracks: “Barbarian”; “Open Fire” and “Last Of Our Kind”.

This Limited Edition LP on Teal Green vinyl, with a printed inner sleeve and album digital download is pressed in Europe, limited to 1000 copies.

 

(5060186927305)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Barbarian

3:34

A2

Open Fire

4:01

A3

Last Of Our Kind

4:09

A4

Roaring Waters

4:38

A5

Wheels Of The Machine

3:07

B1

Mighty Wings

5:46

B2

Mudslide

3:25

B3

Sarah O’Sarah

3:52

B4

Hammer & Tongs

4:02

B5

Conquerors

4:55

SKU 5060186927305
Record Label Canary Dwarf Ltd
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number CND001VL
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 29 May 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 27 May 2015
Barcode # 5060186927305
Shipping Weight 0.2450kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Teal Green Coloured Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Limited to 1,000 Copies, Digital Download Code Included
Vinyl Colour Green
Genre Rock
Genre Glam Rock
Genre Hard Rock
Format VINYL LP

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