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Track/video review: The Darkness' 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us'

February 01, 2012|By Matt Pais | RedEye

Glorious rock excess has returned.

In advance of a tour that brings them to Chicago Feb. 11 at Metro (with fellow Queen worshipers Foxy Shazam), reunited arena-rock gods the Darkness have dropped a video for “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us,” a new track off a forthcoming album I can’t wait to hear.

How’s the song? As immediately irresistible as we’d want from a band that delivered priceless '70s/'80s gems like “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” and “Givin’ Up.” Justin Hawkins’ falsetto wail collides with howling guitars that, in the video, emerge from hair and serve as an object on which to fly across the moon. There’s Stonehenge, an animated Prince winking at us, flamingoes rocking a beach party, and a kid with Darkness sunglasses indicating the days when light shows and giant rock choruses ruled the world might not be over.

“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us” suggests this band will persevere in an unhappy world, and both the song and video should at least turn your day toward something bitchin’.

mpais@tribune.com. @mattpais

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