• Record Label: EMI
  • Release Date: Aug 21, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
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  1. Aug 29, 2012
    Hot Cakes is definitely worthy of throwing more than a few devil horns the band's way.
  2. Alternative Press
    Aug 29, 2012
    Hot Cakes, the band's surprisingly strong third album, certainly reaffirms their glammy cred. [Sep 2012, p.88]
  3. Aug 29, 2012
    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.
  4. 40
    And even these songs ["Nothing's Gonna Stop Us", "Everybody Have a Good Time"] fail to capture the raw energy of Permission To Land or the orchestral pomposity of One Way Ticket, instead falling limp between the two.
  5. Aug 29, 2012
    There's nothing that really stands out as a hit on here, nothing to get the crowds in Whitesnake t-shirts (ironic or otherwise) moshing in the manner of Permission to Land's hits.
  6. Aug 29, 2012
    Hot Cakes contains vestiges of the brilliance that once helped make The Darkness a massive cultural force (at least in the UK). But too many of its songs feel like toss-offs and half-formed ideas.
  7. Kerrang!
    Sep 4, 2012
    Hot Cakes may tail off a bit, but, ultimately, it proves as capable of suspending your belief and blowing your mind as any blockbuster. [18 Aug 2012, p.52]
  8. Magnet
    Aug 29, 2012
    Hot Cakes isn't really trying to be funny so much as just plain fun. And it is. [No.90, p.55]
  9. Mojo
    Aug 30, 2012
    Frenetic take on Radiohead's Street Spirit aside, the tightly arranged songs here are pleasingly Queen, AC/DC, Lizzy and Leppard-aware. [Sep 2012, p.86]
  10. Aug 29, 2012
    They've once again made a brilliantly over the top record.
  11. 70
    A fun comeback album filled with screeching and penis jokes.
  12. Aug 29, 2012
    11 killer-no-filler songs that steer through the '70s and early-'80s and veer from fist-pumping anthems to mid-tempo good-time rock, all with an ear for a killer pop hook.
  13. Aug 29, 2012
    Even with its generous supply of candy-coated riffs and easy-flowing melodies, Hot Cakes still goes down like lukewarm Eggo waffles: comfort-food familiar, but sapped of the frisson that made The Darkness special.
  14. Aug 29, 2012
    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.
  15. Q Magazine
    Aug 30, 2012
    For the most part Hot Cakes leaves you with the sense that The Darkness' reinvigoration will delight those longing for rock to rediscover the fun button. [Sep 2012, p.106]
  16. Aug 29, 2012
    Hot Cakes stays amusing, mixing beer-barrel chuggers with proud schlock ballads.
  17. Aug 29, 2012
    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.
  18. Aug 29, 2012
    Light on laughs and riffage, the title/cover entendre makes it hard to tell if it is supposed to be so terrible or a joke about being so terrible... But the long-available cover of Radiohead's "Street Spirit" is inspired, and first single "Nothin's Gonna Stop Us" grafts one candy rope hook after another into one of the year's finest melodies.
  19. Aug 29, 2012
    A riot of dumbness, 'Hot Cakes' is predictably brash and Queen-like.
  20. Aug 29, 2012
    Eschewing the bells, whistles and sequinned kitchen sinks of their second album, One Way Ticket, in favour of an approach that shows off their credentials as a first-rate out-and-out rock band, Hot Cakes bulges with infectious melodies, blazing leads and strident riffing, Justin Hawkins' unmistakable falsetto adding pathos and silliness in equal measure.
  21. Hot Cakes is a rock-solid home win from the band who still do feelgood hard rock better than anyone alive.
  22. Aug 29, 2012
    An 11-track galumph through feelgood rockularisms.
  23. Aug 29, 2012
    Hot Cakes [is] proof if it were needed that there's plenty of life in the old dog yet - and that dog still don't give a f***.
  24. Uncut
    Aug 30, 2012
    Hot Cakes adds little to their hybrid Queen, AC/DC, Van Halen and Gun N' Roses, but their air-punching thrills of "Forbidden Love" and "Concrete" are undeniable. [Sep 2012, p.74]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jan 24, 2014
    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 itThere'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 »