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Permission to Land Import

3.8 out of 5 stars 595 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 5 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic UK
  • ASIN: B0000A0C4U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 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

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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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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 7 2011
Format: Audio CD
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". I tweaked early to bands as diverse as Kula Shaker, I Mother Earth, Tonic, Sven Gali, and Big Wreck. Then suddenly in the 2000's everything dried up and there weren't any more new bands coming out that I liked.

Until I got Permission To Land.

The Darkness are probably the last new band to come out of the woodwork that I truly loved (love being a big word). I'm so pleased that in 2011 they are back playing live and recording a new album, and with that in mind, here's Permission To Land.

A lot of people think this album was a novelty, a spoof of 80's metal like Steel Panther. They are dead wrong. While The Darkness have ample humour in their music (as did Aerosmith mind you) they are deadly serious as musicians. The guitar work here is quite excellent. You can literally hear Thin Lizzy dripping from the grooves, and it doesn't get any more serious than that. Justin Hawkins takes his vocals to an almost absurd length, but listen carefully. Listen to how cleanly he hits those notes. There are very few rock singers who can hit notes like that so consistently and cleanly. Everybody says, "Ahh, but he's copying Freddie Mercury." Well first of all, a) no he's not, Freddie was a very different kind of singer, and b) anybody who can hit notes as cleanly as Freddie is worthy of praise, not derision.

Yes, the leotards are a bit much, but what about the songs? This album is slightly better than demo quality, in fact I think I read that is in fact an independent recording released by a major. The drum sound for example is quite weak.
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I've really tried not to weigh in on The Darkness. Hey, people are enjoying it, no harm in that, right? To a point. But when people start acting like something is beyond criticism, that's where I draw the line. Recently, I've read reviews like this one in Pitchfork that spout silly statements like:
"Too often, music fans fall for marketing without realizing it. For instance, by refusing to engage with a band like The Darkness on any level solely because of a preconceived notion of what they appear to be "about," you'd actually be more swayed by marketing and image than the kids checking the disc out on the listening station."
Preconceived notion? The lead singer is wearing a striped, open chested leotard and he's wailing like a hyena with its balls in a vice. And this can be garnered in about 10 seconds of watching their latest video, so it's not preconceived, just quickly conceived.
I've also read reviews that scoff at the mere mortals who ask: "Are they serious?", because of what the reviewer perceives as the irrelevance of such inquiries. I think it's a bad question not for its irrelevance, but for the obviousness of the answer. Of course they aren't serious. Quick quiz - The Darkness or Spinal Tap: 1. Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You? 2. Love on the Rocks With No Ice? And can anyone argue that the cover of Permission to Land isn't a play on Smell the Glove?
All this, of course, would be irrelevant if the music were actually interesting, but it's terrible.
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The Darkness' "Permission to Land" shows a band that can play many different styles, and play them well. On "Black Shuck", you get a good, hard AC/DC sound, with lyrics that are almost reminiscent of obscure psychadelic rocker Arthur Brown in a couple of places. "I believe in a thing called love", and "love is only a feeling" have the band making one of several switches on this album from hard rock to somewhat lighter, more melodic fare, and show that they're just as good at playing love songs as they are at rocking their guts out.
Then you have the unconventional, but still thoroughly enjoyable "Givin' Up", a strangely charming, really catchy tune about, of all things, heroin addiction. I haven't had as much fun listening to a song about drugs since Eric Clapton's "Cocaine".
With a few exceptions ("Love on the Rocks With No Ice", "Stuck in a Rut", and "Get Your Hands off my Woman"), "Permission to Land" is a weirdly fun, completely enjoyable album that, if you happen to like diverse sounds and infectious music, is certainly a worthwile addition to your collection.
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The Darkness. If you've never heard of them, and i hope you have, they are like a musical infusion of AC/DC, Queen and Led Zeppelin. In fact their lead singer, Justin Hawkins is like the love child Freddy Mercury and Robert Plant never had. This CD is a disc full of singles and can be compared to some of the greatest rock and roll albums such as Back in Black or Led Zeppelin I, III and IV (Zeppelin II is too great for anything to be compared to it)
Track 1-"Black Shuck" This is a real hard rocker that will get your blood pumping and your air guitar skills going full blast.

Track 2-"Get Your Hands Off My Woman" This is a power chord infused Freddy Mercury-esque heavy rocker that showcases both Justin's great vocal range and his brother Dan Hawkin's great guitar skill.
Track 3-"Growing On Me" This is an awesome tune about a girl. It starts out slow and then dives into some truly awsome guitar work
Track 4-"I Believe in a Thing Called Love" This song is in a league of it's own. Its a catchy rock tune that can be played over and over again and never gets old, just better. When Justin yells "GUITAR" my blood really starts pumping. Great Party tune!
Track 5-"Love is Only a Feeling" This song is my personal favorite on the album. Its a powerful Rock Ballad that you really have to get the lighter up for. A great show opener!
Track 6-"Givin Up" This is a catchy tune with fun lyrics and some great lyrical work by lead singer Justin Hawkins
Track 7-"Stuck in a Rut" This is the only tune on the whole album that i dont like. It's still a great tune and it still showcases some great work by the Rockin Hawkins Brothers, but it just doesnt sit well with me
Track 8-"Friday Night" Dancing on a Friday Night!
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