Kerrang!Oct 9, 2019For those who like their rock adventurous, Easter may be cancelled, but Christmas has come early. [12 Oct 2019, p.55]
Q MagazineOct 22, 2019It's the renewed sense of urgency and bubblegum appeal--see Live 'Til I Die--which ensures that Prof Hawkins's musical multiverse is still a thrilling place. [Dec 2019, p.109]
MojoOct 3, 2019Though brief nautical ballad Deck Chair is a skit too far here, there's a great bubblegum-pop song fighting its way through the exploded theatrics of Heavy Metal Lover, while silly song of thanks for the six-string We Are The Guitar Men is a virtuosic hoot. [Nov 2019, p.89]
UncutOct 21, 2019Song structures are over-egged, resulting in blunted hooks and lost momentum. [Dec 2019, p.25]
Oct 8, 2019EIC is an easy 10/10 for me and the bonus tracks are a beautiful come down, especially Confirmation Bias which I can’t get enough of. ThisEIC is an easy 10/10 for me and the bonus tracks are a beautiful come down, especially Confirmation Bias which I can’t get enough of. This album is everything I hoped it would be and more. The Fellas are still in very fine form - 6 solid albums in and it feels like they’ve still got more to give. I’ve listed to the album about 20 times and still loving it. For true Darkness fans this is a gem.… Expand
Oct 9, 2019UPD: I believe it's important to mention that my review is based on Deluxe version of the album.
At the very first go I wasn't happy. ItUPD: I believe it's important to mention that my review is based on Deluxe version of the album.
At the very first go I wasn't happy. It seemed that there are too many acoustic things, that the whole album lacks cool heavy mindblowing tracks like 'Black Shack'. Perhaps, only 'Choke on It' has captured my attention from the start, though other tracks made me happy in a few next tries.
I've listened to the album at least 5 times and I am really enjoying it now. Experiments are both bold and interesting and lyrics are great, especially Heavy Metal Lover with 'you look so happy when you're carving meat', a serenade to a chair with romantic French lines and a song about the cognitive bias ('Confirmation Bias'). 'We Are the Guitar Men' is nice with all these Queen-like harmony and backs with Van Halen's 'Eruption' in the end. 'Live 'Til I Die' is the song from 'Permission to Land' era, and you can feel it. Even the singles which I didn't like that much from the start are nice, especially 'Heart Explodes', it feels like a great song for Autumn.
So, if you were disappointed with the album from the start, give it another go, it is worth it. I don't believe The Darkness can become as huge as they were back in 2003 but they are still a hell of a band. A decent one, at the very least, even if you do not dig them. And a great one, if you love them as I do.… Expand
Oct 12, 2019A great record from start to finish. The Hawkins Brothers guitar works is fantastic as always. I can live without the bonus tracks, but theA great record from start to finish. The Hawkins Brothers guitar works is fantastic as always. I can live without the bonus tracks, but the proper album is stellar.… Expand
Oct 6, 2019Once again The Darkness prove to be the current reigning champions of all things rock while at the same time exploring and experimenting andOnce again The Darkness prove to be the current reigning champions of all things rock while at the same time exploring and experimenting and pulling a few new tricks from their sleeve. The albums production is layered and huge and the songs range from full on metal assaults to introspective balladry while always maintaining that classic The Darkness tongue in cheek humor. Another instant classic to add to their impressive discography. Great job lads.… Expand
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