Review: The Darkness – Last Of Our Kind (Sony Music Canada)

The DarknessAnyone that dares contemplate that rock and roll is dead needs to check out the fourth full-length effort from U.K. band The Darkness. Of course, the group has never approached rock and roll with any degree of subtlety. Nowhere is that more evident than on Last Of Our Kind. While the guitar melody in “Open Fire” bears a strong resemblance to The Cult’s “She Sells Sanctuary,” the group’s dedication to their craft is best exemplified on the album’s title track, “Mudslide,” “Mighty Wings,” and “Hammer and Tongs.” Although The Darkness has always heavily embodied rock and roll clichés of eras past, that kitsch is precisely what makes the group such a force to be reckoned with.