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THE DARKNESS ‘Growing On Me’ Must Destroy Music/Mushroom Records (2003)

Fast rising UK rock band fresh from a UK support slot with Def Leppard and a mainstage appearance at the Donnington Download Festival. Now this band are one you either love or hate with a passion, there is no in between (bit like my beloved Queen really!). I love ‘em!

The songs are stepped in a 70’s rock sound - AC/DC and heavy Queen - with a modern production and those vocals - Vocalist Justin Hawkins tones down his helium wails (I have only heard the late, great Jeff Buckley hit this high vocally) on the two vocal tracks here. ‘Growing On Me’ does indeed grow on you and after a few listens sticks firmly in your mind. Some top draw riffing on here as well but not so heavy as to alienate the ‘delicate’ ears of radio listeners! The slower ‘How Dare You Call This Love?’ is Foghat! A real dirty blues rocker complete with dodgy lyrics (‘I can’t wait until you turn sixteen’) and a chorus that builds in the classic Queen style. Final track is the instrumental ‘Bareback’ with a Quo like backing and superb guitar soloing.

The Darkness rock, end of story. They have publicised themselves well and believe 100% in their music. It takes a bit to get used to Justin’s vocals but it’s worth the perseverance.


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Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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