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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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...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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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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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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