Pinewood Smile (Deluxe)

Pinewood Smile (Deluxe)

As glam rockers who both love and lampoon their chosen field in equal measure, England’s The Darkness have made a career out of brilliantly hooky double entendres and falsetto vocals set to propulsive hard-rock guitar action. Their fifth album doesn’t stray from the formula: The ludicrously catchy, self-referential “Solid Gold” sounds like AC/DC on helium; the punk-flavored “Southern Trains” offers a hilarious rant against a British rail company; and ballad “Why Don’t the Beautiful Cry?” is a spot-on spoof of mellow ’70s AM gold.

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