England's most distinctive, multiple award-winning, platinum-selling, hugely entertaining rock gods – and one-time saviors of rock 'n' roll turned national pleasures – The Darkness are back with their fifth album Pinewood Smile. Returning to save our airwaves from mediocre, auto-tuned tweens and that awful, throbby EDM shit, the album Pinewood Smile finds The Darkness in electrifying form, delivering some of the most sharp-witted, infectious, humorous and downright brilliant songs of their career.
In addition to the cerebral treatise of "All The Pretty Girls," the album boasts the swashbuckling "Buccaneers Of Hispaniola," the expletive-strewn howl of frustration that is "Southern Trains," the hugely emotional "Why Don't The Beautiful Cry?," the globally anthemic "Japanese Prisoner Of Love," and the ode to pumping out smash hit after smash hit "Solid Gold," which sees The Darkness addressing the turbulent nature of the music industry and how they have enjoyed its flamboyant highs and spectacular lows.
Written in Putney, recorded in Cornwall and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse), the compositions have all the crucial elements of classic Darkness fare, but with added layers for the ears to peel away at...like a sonic onion but a lot tastier. It also features the drumming and vocal talents of gorgeous new band member Rufus Tiger Taylor, son of Queen legend Roger Taylor, who shares vocal duties with Justin on two of the tracks.