|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|
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
Other comments I've seen ... 'Yeah time for guitar solos!'
Yes not many of new rock bands' music has guitar solos, or have guitar players with much musical dexterity, but the guitar work on this album, outside 1-2 tracks, is pretty ordinary. Guitar solos for the sake of guitar solos is what some people are getting at I guess. Again ... no thanks. If this is the best band of it's kind since KISS, then what an insult to KISS. (There are better bands than KISS anyway, people).
Guitar-wise, all one needs to do is grab the new Firehouse CD, Prime Time, (at firehousemusic.com), and listen to Bill Leverty shred it, or just go out and pick up the new Tesla CD, Into the Now, and hear Frank Hannon tear it up on the axe - to quickly realize how ordinary most of the musicianship on this record is.
People can argue about the singer, some say he reminds of the sound of KISS, or other people saying he's the new Freddy Mercury ... whatever (Freddy is massively overrated anyway).
This band is more of a nostalgia trip than anything ... for some that's great, but not me. If I am in the mood for that, why wouldn't I just break out my "KEEL: Larger Than Live" CD, a friend gave me, and save $12? Please. A 20% is actually a couple points of generousity
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.
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!!!"....
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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.