Hot Cakes

The Darkness - Hot Cakes
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2012 Ratings: #918 / 946
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Based on 8 ratings
August 21, 2012 / Release Date
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Wind-Up / Label
Rock / Genres
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This is The Darkness back to the formula that made their first record fly off the shelves


Now they are sober, and not in everyone’s face all the time, so we can all take them in the good-natured, fun spirit in which they were always intended.


Hot Cakes is the most varied record of The Darkness’ canon—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.


Hot Cakes still goes down like lukewarm Eggo waffles: comfort-food familiar, but sapped of the frisson that made the Darkness special.

Drowned in Sound

In a way it’s impressive that the only way this band could evolve would be to lapse into self-parody.

Consequence of Sound

It would be nice to see them channel their travails into something that combines more grounded subject matter with their signature brand of nostalgic fun. 

A.V. Club

Hot Cakes marks the point where The Darkness has stopped cannibalizing the golden age of stadium rock and simply started cannibalizing itself. 


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.

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Track List

  1. Every Inch Of You 
  2. Nothin's Gonna Stop Us 
  3. With A Woman 
  4. Keep Me Hangin' On 
  5. Living Each Day Blind 
  6. Everybody Have a Good Time 
  7. She Just A Girl, Eddie 
  8. Forbidden Love 
  9. Concrete 
  10. Street Spirit (Fade Out) 
  11. Love Is Not The Answer
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Added on: August 16, 2012