Hot Cakes - The Darkness
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Aug 29, 2012
    33
    With Hot Cakes-the group's third album, and first since reforming last year-the laughter has died. In its place is the sad wheeze of the last surviving party balloon slowly, listlessly deflating.
  2. Aug 29, 2012
    30
    Despite whatever success they may have had with their debut, The Darkness' return clearly signifies that the major problems underlying their style have come to the forefront, leaving the cheeky humor and catchy riffs that we all liked not too long ago in the dust.
  3. Aug 29, 2012
    30
    If the novelty had already worn off by the time of their second album in 2005, this comeback effort tests the patience beyond breaking point.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 24, 2014
    6
    There's nothing really wrong with this album, it just doesn't have the same vibrant air as the last two Darkness albums. There's more of it and it's certainly enjoyable but it's nothing outstanding. There is (as one would expect) a very prominent classic rock influence with a fun and laid back air throughout that is difficult to not appreciate and would make a perfect accompaniment to night in with your mates having a few drinks but by the end of it you will find yourself longing for the glory days of Permission to Land. Full Review »