The Darkness – Pinewood Smile {Deluxe Edition} (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

The Darkness – Pinewood Smile {Deluxe Edition} (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 51:00 minutes | 523 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Cooking Vinyl

The fifth full-length release for the British glam-metal band is its first with new drummer Rufus Tiger Taylor (son of Queen’s Roger Taylor) and was produced by Adrian Bushy.

The fifth full-length release and the first Darkness outing for Cooking Vinyl, Pinewood Smile is also the inaugural studio jaunt for new drummer Rufus Tiger Taylor (son of Queen’s Roger Taylor), who took over for Emily Dolan Davies after the release of 2015’s excellent Last of Our Kind. Less seaworthy than its predecessor but delivered with the same freewheeling sonic brinksmanship, Pinewood Smile feels both rote and ready; a fully stocked tinder box with nary a match in sight. To be fair, Last of Our Kind was almost too good of a distillation of what makes the Darkness so compelling — at their best, they’re a near perfect amalgam of Thin Lizzy, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and AC/DC; both self-aware and hopelessly in love with the dumb pageantry of rock & roll. Unsurprisingly, it’s the LP’s three singles (“All the Pretty Girls,” “Solid Gold,” and “Southern Trains”) that recapture that magic, delivering just the right balance of pomp and grit — the ludicrous, swashbuckling send-up “Buccaneers of Hispaniola” and similarly Monty Python-esque sister track “Japanese Prisoner of Love” might be growers. Also, the soulful, R&B-kissed “Why Don’t the Beautiful Cry?” and the atypically self-conscious “I Wish I Was in Heaven,” the latter of which very frankly examines the group’s post-Permission to Land struggles, prove that Justin Hawkins is more than just an extraordinarily gifted party metal ponce. That said, at a very economical ten tracks, Pinewood Smile should be all killer no filler, but late-album offerings like the vapid “Happiness” and the infantile no-fatties ballad “Stampede of Love” — Spinal Tap’s “Big Bottom” was ludicrous and infantile, but it wasn’t cruel — suck some air out of the room, making the whole thing feel a little stale, which is the last thing you want from a project that so fetishizes another era.

01. All The Pretty Girls
02. Buccaneers of Hispaniola
03. Solid Gold
04. Southern Trains
05. Why Dont the Beautiful Cry?
06. Japanese Prisoner of Love
07. Lay Down With Me, Barbara
08. I Wish I Was In Heaven
09. Happiness
10. Stampede of Love
11. Uniball (Bonus Track) 3
12. Rack of Glam (Bonus Track)
13. Seagulls (Losing My Virginity) (Bonus Track)
14. Rock In Space (Bonus Track)


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