Oh how we chortled in October 2019 when The Darkness chose Easter Is Cancelled as the title for their sixth album. Little did we know that a global pandemic would cause this portentous, falsetto-led prediction to effectively come true. The Darkness – British rock’s adorable panto dames – were right all along, and we ain’t been chortling much since.
Until, perhaps, right now. Motorheart is without doubt the silliest album The Darkness have ever made. Everything Justin Hawkins sings sounds desperately sincere, as if borne of nothing but authentic emotion, and when this apparent candour is applied to the title-track’s subject matter – having sex with robots – it’s clear that The Darkness are mostly here to make us smile.