A terrific show by a terrific band

If there’s one thing to be counted on in the music world, it’s that The Darkness will always deliver one kickass rock and roll show.

Live at Hammersmith bears the proof of that statement with a sprawling 75-minute, 19-song set of high energy hard rock. Recorded just before Christmas on their most recent world tour, this album documents a live band that is absolutely on fire from the moment they hit the stage.

For a band renown for the live performances even before the release of their first album, it’s somewhat surprising that it has taken so long for a concert recording to surface, but this one more than makes up for it, tracking the highlights of their entire recorded career to the current time. Every song, from the very apt ‘Open Fire’ to their worldwide smash ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’ is a gem and at every turn The Darkness is absolutely on point.

Rock n roll purists often argue that if it can’t be done on stage it shouldn’t be done in the studio; if so, this is an album for them. Justin Hawkins, of course, is dynamite, replicating every vocal nuance flawlessly, but the entire band never puts a foot wrong. This is, quite simply, a terrific show by  a terrific band. The only thing that would have made it better would be a DVD component so those of us who missed it could witness this spectacle as well.

Not every live album is essential. Live at Hammersmith by The Darkness is one of the ones that is.

  1. Open Fire
  2. Love is Only a Feeling
  3. Southern Trains
  4. Black Shuck
  5. One Way Ticket
  6. Givin’ Up
  7. All the Pretty Girls
  8. Barbarian
  9. Buccaneers of Hispaniola
  10. Friday Night
  11. Makin’ Out
  12. Every Inch of You
  13. Solid Gold
  14. Stuck in a Rut
  15. Get Your Hands off My Woman
  16. Growing on Me
  17. Japanese Prisoner of Love
  18. Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End)
  19. I Believe in a Thing Called Love