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