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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|
2003 album from the heavy metal outfit on the Must Destroy label, could be the biggest UK rock album of the year.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This vinyl album feels solid. i only wish actual vinyl was 180g, but still it looks awesome, couldn't be happier:)Published 22 months ago by Evan S.
What a Kick ass band. That band certainly know what is rock!! They are awesome and their cd is so gooooooooodPublished on Sept. 11 2004 by Alex
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 morePublished on Aug. 29 2004 by P_A_T
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 morePublished on Aug. 16 2004 by Customer
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 morePublished on July 16 2004 by Isaac Olson
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 morePublished on July 13 2004 by HeadbangerDuh
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
This is definitely not a 5 star album... and i don't know how people compare it to ac/dc, queen, thin lizzy, ect... Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by mr. guitar