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Permission to Land [Import]

Darkness Audio CD
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1. Black Shuck
2. Get Your Hands Off My Woman
3. Growing On Me
4. I Believe In A Thing Called Love
5. Love Is Only A Feeling
6. Givin' Up
7. Stuck In A Rut
8. Friday Night
9. Love On The Rocks With No Ice
10. Holding My Own

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The Darkness's Permission to Land is an entertaining and unabashed return to the pomp-rock of a bygone age, when mullet-clad dinosaurs travelled the stadiums of the world--back before Nirvana and their lank-haired ilk swept the world in an unstoppable tide of flannel shirts and overwrought earnestness. So, while their peers were drawing inspiration from the Pixies, Sonic Youth and the Stone Roses, the four guys in the Darkness were busy studying their Queen and Def Leppard albums and learning how to rock.

It's this unapologetic rock & roll spirit that makes Permission to Land a stand-out debut album (well, for 2003 at least--sometimes, you've gotta look back in order to move forward). There's no bedsit electronica, acoustic surrealism or garage rock to be found here; instead, this is music as pure entertainment, best suited to a wall of Marshall amps, guitars tuned up to 11 and a pyrotechnic display visible from orbit. Singles "I Believe in a Thing Called Love", "Growing on Me" and "Get Your Hands off My Woman" are all typical of what's on offer here: huge guitar riffs, crashing drums and the over-the-top falsetto vocals of singer Justin Hawkins. But they're not the only standouts here: "Black Shuck", "Givin' Up" and "Love on the Rocks (with No Ice)" are all anthemic fist-raisers, packed with sing-along choruses and guitarist Dan Hawkins' ultra-infectious hooks. Original? No. Ironic? Maybe. Fun? Oh yes. A lesser band would have approached the spandex-clad rock of Permission to Land with tongues firmly in cheek, and it's to the Darkness's eternal credit that they manage to inject the whole thing with enough sincerity to carry it off. And why shouldn't they? After all, Bon Jovi always looked like they were having a heck of a lot more fun than Nirvana anyway. --Robert Burrow

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THE DARKNESS Permission To Land (2003 UK 10-track CD album including the singles I Believe In A Thing Called Love Growing On Me and Love Is Only A Feeling!)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome album to have on vinyl Jan. 15 2014
By Evan S.
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
This vinyl album feels solid. i only wish actual vinyl was 180g, but still it looks awesome, couldn't be happier:)
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2.0 out of 5 stars So we Have Allowed Them to Land Feb. 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Darkness are kinda hard to rate -- see if you base them solely on their efforts of not being a very serious band. Then one could say it's all in good fun; though I wouldn't necessarily call this album funny by any means. Sure "Growing On Me" gets brownie points from me for being a song actually based on a sexually-transmitted disease. And "Black Shuck" is just one example of why these guys are not to be taken serious.
Are they the modern day Spinal Tap ? I dunno, but one thing is for certain, they swept the Brit Awards. Admittedly their comments about Radiohead were rather shrewd if not kinda immature and Muse should've nabbed a little more. And thing have certainly landed in the states. "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" is just one example of how their 'Stadium Rock' appeal has warrant a following. But hey, if it could lure mainstream music listeners from even worse garbage like Linkin Park, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan and all that bling-hoe-ice rap crap then hey, lets give a little bit of credit.
But on a pure musical level, Justin Hawkins cannot sing and the band seems to caught up in sounding like the old days that they literally sound like Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and all the other 'Hair Bands' that inspired them. I suggest downloading before buying -- if for anything one or two songs. Which is enough to give away their sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BAND IN YEARS.....PERIOD Nov. 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
Listen all you miserable grunge rock listening bunch of zombies...wake up! buy Permission to Land, stick it in your Hi-fi, and breathe some much-needed life into your dead souls!!!
The band is simply awesome. Influences from Queen, Zepplin and yes...even SPINAL TAP can be clearly seen, but they do NOT imitate them. The falsetto voice of Justin Hawkins is marmite, you love it or you hate it...if you hate it, turn off the cd, put on some staind and slit your wrists...there is no hope for you.
The guitar is a slap of nostalgia. I havent heard solos of that magnitude since Jimmy Page or Brian May! yes...i AM comparing it to them because its THAT DAMN GOOD...and whats this?? solos you ask o listeners of Limp Bizkit? they are lil' breaks in the music where the guitarist freaks out...understand??....good.
Its simple, Rock music was based on the foundations of fun, good times, and freak-out psychadelic fun!!...the Darkness, bless them, have brought this back!..."I belive in a thing called love" is abolutely awe-inspiring...when that song hits...you FEEL it...Bohemian-rhapsody-like. It will become a classic...trust me on this one..
In the immortal words of Mick Jagger..."I know its only Rock'n'Roll...but i like it!!!"....
You should to..
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Trend In Music Sept. 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
Tired of Nu-Metal and Pop-Punk? Well, don't worry it's run its course like grunge did. It's time for a new trend of 70's rock again, and The Darkness are going to lead the way.
After a few listens I got used to the vocals, however, they should be toning it down a bit on future releases. Atlantic Records has big plans for these guys in the US next year.
Here's how I rate the songs from best to worst:
1. Love On the Rocks With No Ice
2. Love Is Only A Feeling
3. Holding My Own
4. Get Your Hands Off My Woman
5. I Believe In A Thing Called Love
6. Friday Night
7. Black Shuck
8. Growing On Me
9. Givin' Up
10. Stuck In A Rut
These guys provide Spinal Tap humor and great rock tunes at the same time. Even their name is a big joke. There's nothing dark about them at all, and they actually make music fun again. This is one of the best albums I've heard in 15 years. If they toned the falseto thing down in the future, they could be absolutely huge everywhere, no question. For now, what a breath of fresh air.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One word: fun! Oct. 22 2003
By jh
Format:Audio CD
The Darkness are here to make the music *they* want to make, to enjoy themselves, and to inject a little fun, excitement and tongue-in-cheek humour into the current quagmire of stolid, growling nu-metal.
The album takes 70s and 80s metal, rock'n'roll and glam rock, and time-shifts it successfully into the new millenium. Nostalgia? Yes. You'll find yourself 'hearing' lots of other bands from a generation ago, carefully pieced, sewn, and blended together. But that's not to say it's unoriginal. Don't be put off by the multitude of comparisons to Queen if you're not a big Queen fan (neither am I), because that's just one of the many influences and sounds: you'll find Queen, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Van Halen, Status Quo, Aerosmith and more, all mixed in with The Darkness's own original twist.
The songs are catchy. They are *all* catchy. They are generally short, punchy, and to-the-point. No self-indulgent, overly-artistic guitar solos, digital effects or fade-out/ins (which too many bands attempt but lack the talent or finesse to pull off). These songs are designed to be played live. They are crowd-pleasers, every single one. I guarantee there is not a single song on this album without a hook that will reverberate around your head all day until you can next listen to the CD!
A quick word of warning - prerequisites for owning and listening to this album: you *must* have a sense of humour, the ability to appreciate humour/irony/sarcasm, and you must be willing to have fun and enjoy yourself. You must *not* feel obliged to take yourself too seriously. It will not follow current fashion and it will not (necessarily) make you look cool in front of your goth/punk/emo/nu-metal friends, if you are in that age-range and environment.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible.
For all you reveiwers who are giving this monstrosity 5 out of 5 stars. Thats fine by me. But when you're saying they sound like Queen, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and AC/DC, well, I... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry about the confusion
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely My favorite CD
Out of all the 150 CDs I own, this is my favorite. Sure, theyr'e a new band, but they sound like they are straight out of 1980. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by HeadbangerDuh
3.0 out of 5 stars The darkness are clearly a joke band.
It disturbs me slightly that people think they are 'for real'.
His voice is silly, and the songs are over the top and cheesy. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars looking for real rock? don't look here...
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1.0 out of 5 stars WORST CD EVER
I have never heard such sh*tty music EVER.I was upset for weeks that people like this.It just shows people like sh*tty music.If you like this cd you should never tell anyone. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Chris
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