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Permission to Land [Import]

Darkness Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (595 customer reviews)
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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

Product Description

Product Description

2003 album for up-and-coming British rock act. There's a huge buzz about this & it could become the biggest UK rock album of the year. Includes the singles 'Growing On Me', 'Get Your Hands Off My Woman' & 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love'. 10 tracks. Copy Controlled. Must Destoy.


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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2.0 out of 5 stars looking for real rock? don't look here... July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely not a 5 star album... and i don't know how people compare it to ac/dc, queen, thin lizzy, ect... this is their first album, it's not that great and i think it would take a lot more to be compared to the great bands above. just because this band plays solos doesn't mean they are great either... none of the solos on the cd stand out above anything else, they sound like things a rookie would play... it probably sounds fresh and new to those who aren't familiar with classic rock so they don't know what to expect... but you'd be better off buying cd's from the REAL rock greats such as Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Rainbow, AC/DC, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Budgie, Cactus, Dust, Atomic Rooster, (early)Grand Funk Railroad, Hawkwind, UFO, and there are many more bands out there. but all those bands have cd's on CDNOW so if it's real classic rock you're looking for I suggest you don't look to the Darkness for it... check out any of the bands listed above. the darkness are mediocre at best, and there is much better music out there. you just have to know where to look. so check out the bands i listed if you are looking for some great rock & roll.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not THAT bad, but definitely silly July 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you're considering buying this, listen to the samples and read the one and two star reviews first. You'll be glad you did. On the positive side, the musicianship is solid hard rock. It's nothing particularly imaginative but decent pop-metal riffs. But the singer! OMG! He sings in falsetto nearly ALL the time. He sounds like a flamboyant fairy flitting around with his boa (not that there's anything wrong with that--unless of course you're passing yourself off as a metal singer). I enjoy the music minus the vocals, but would be embarrassed to let anyone catching me actually listening to this stuff. How did the record producers let this one through? If you can ignore the silly falsetto, then it's just plain pop-metal with some nice hooks here and there. BEWARE the 6th track though. While the rest of the CD is tolerably silly, that song has a chorus that must have been written by the Wiggles or the Teletubbies. It's literally like a nursery rhyme. I'm surprised no one else in these reviews has mentioned it. It's really, really bad. If you like cheesy pop-metal, then by all means get this CD but know what you're in for. We can only hope the band gets a different singer and comes back with a new CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rock n' Roll album since... July 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
...Appetite For Destruction. Ask no questions, raise no objections. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I could drop a disc in the player and be truly captivated by it like this. Every song on here has so much spirit in it. The Darkness sound like they're in their element here, having managed to make a quality rock album, with all the footstomping goodness that rock music fanatics have been pining over the loss of for years. Kicking off the disc is "Black Shuck", a real monster rocker, with a guitar tone that can only be obtained by turning the amp way up past a healthy volume and rocking out. "Get Your Hands Off My Woman", "Growing On Me", and "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" are the first few singles from the album, and rightly so, having a catchiness matched by few other bands, but by no means the only reasons for buying this CD. No, I've found that my favorite tracks on here are the absolutely thunderous "Love On The Rocks With No Ice", the sweet, easy-to-dance-to "Friday Night", and the way too cool "Givin' Up". "Love Is Only A Feeling", "Stuck In A Rut", and "Holding My Own" are all equally good tracks, and everyone is sure to have different favorites, but I can guarantee you that if you like rock music, you'll love this.
P.S. - this is the first CD that I've actually bought in years, opting to burn due to the mass of garbage music that has been put out in the last while. If that tells you one thing, it's that these guys really know how to rock!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's better than a lot give it credit for... June 29 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I will start out that I really can't stand newer pop music. Hilary Duff, Backstreet Boys, N' Sync, all a tool for marketing and all sh*t. In fact, I think that it's pathetic that these people just want to cash in on young kid's hormonal rages.
Now, don't get me wrong, I am 13 years old. But my musical tastes are different. I like metal, hard rock, and some 80's pop/rock.
Looking at what I just said, you would understand why I like the Darkness. A band that goes back to 80's hair metal is better than the new metal sh*t that's out.
These guys are not a parody, but just four guys who are influenced by older musicians such as Queen, AC/DC, and Motley Crue.
Catchy songs, real musicians, and lyrics that just show that these guys want to have a good time. What else can you ask for?
Now, to quote a person online, "If you like The Darkness, then you are a poseur."
Well, I guess that if liking a band that just happens to play music you like makes you a poseur, than I must be ultra-poseur.
All in all, if you like 80's hair metal bands, Queen, or AC/DC, this is the perfect album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enough, these guys are for REAL!!! June 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
What can I say? The Darkness is the real deal. The moment I first saw them in a guitar magazine last year (I had still never heard any of their songs yet, mind you), I immediately said, "I'm going to fall in love with these guys." I wasn't wrong -- I couldn't have been any righter, I believe. Well without any further ado let's take a look at the content of my third favorite band's first American release:
Black Shuck -- It's got AC/DC written all over it. Then you get to the first verse and realize it's something completely to itself. The Darkness takes a classic sound and makes it their own in this concert opener that leaves you thinking of "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" with a medieval twist.
Get Your Hands Off My Woman -- Probably my least favorite song on the album, but I still like it. Nice fast pace song and a flash of musical genius in creating a catchy chorus from such words...
Growing On Me -- Spinal Tap introduced the "fine line between stupid and clever." Well, 'Growing On Me' is a perfect example of clever music. This song just goes to show that music CAN be good and funny at the same time and that The Darkness might actually be taking this stuff seriously, which they are. Has smash hit written all over it, which it was in the UK.
I Believe In A Thing Called Love -- Sure, it's the song that everyone knows. Just make sure that you don't judge The Darkness, whether good or bad, solely upon this song. It's definitely catchy, and just another example of campy, clever lyrics mixed with nice guitar work. Touching youuuuuu...
Love Is Only A Feeling -- From the first moment I listened to "Permission to Land" this was my favorite song -- and still is, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome album to have on vinyl
This vinyl album feels solid. i only wish actual vinyl was 180g, but still it looks awesome, couldn't be happier:)
Published 9 months ago by Evan S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Light in the Darkness
There was a time when I ate up all the new bands coming out. I bought every indi tape I could get my hands on in search of the "next big thing". Read more
Published on April 7 2011 by LeBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great Cd. It's refreshing to here a kick in the mouth band!
Published on Nov. 6 2004 by NB
5.0 out of 5 stars Man !! !they Do rock!!!
What a Kick ass band. That band certainly know what is rock!! They are awesome and their cd is so goooooooood
Published on Sept. 11 2004 by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply,.....WICKED!
The Darkness has released an amazing album fit for the new millenium. They would have been overlooked in the 80s, but the time transport that they must have has worked out! Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2004 by P_A_T
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
Published on Aug. 16 2004 by Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry about the confusion
ha ha ha, these guys are funnny. watching justin in his wamfle and his falsetto is funny. the lyrics are clever. they have mad guitar skills . they are the saviors of rock. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Isaac Olson
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
Published on July 12 2004
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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