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Permission to Land [Parental Advisory]
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Album: Permission to Land
# Song Title   Time
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
 

Album: Permission to Land
# Song Title   Time
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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Performer Notes
  • The Darkness: Justin Hawkins (vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer);
  • Dan Hawkins (guitar); Frankie Poullain (bass); Ed Graham (drums).
  • Recorded at Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire, England and Paul Smith Music Studios, London, England.
  • Personnel: Justin Hawkins (vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer); Dan Hawkins (guitar); Ed Graham (drums).
  • Audio Mixer: Pedro Ferreira.
  • Recording information: Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire, England; Paul Smith Music Studios, London, England.
  • Photographer: Daniel "Bud" Ford.
  • Pouncing onto the British music scene like the hyperactive spawn of the late-1970s hard-rock scene, the Darkness unveiled their 2003 debut, PERMISSION TO LAND, to great success in the UK. Led by unitard-wearing, falsetto-brandishing vocalist/guitarist Justin Hawkins, the group revels in the kind of pop metal once made famous by Def Leppard and Whitesnake, boasting big guitar riffs and driving rock rhythms. The band's not-so-secret weapon is Hawkins himself--an irrepressible, high-kicking frontman who gleefully unleashes lyrics such as "a nimbus of blue light surrounds a crimson paw" in a voice that ranges from a growl to a wail rivaling Queen's Freddie Mercury or Judas Priest's Rob Halford.
  • Although the Darkness may come across as tongue-in-cheek metal revivalists, they're entirely sincere on soaring power ballads such as "Love Is Only a Feeling" and "Holding My Own." And when Hawkins screams out "guitar!" before the guitar solo in "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," there's no mistaking the intention of these energetic British lads--they've come to rock.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/25/03, p.105) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2003"

Rolling Stone (10/2/03, p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...PERMISSION TO LAND is the first retro-metal album that's worth more than a momentary chuckle. Eighties hard rock is alive and well in the hands of the Darkness."

Q (01/01/04, p.82) - Ranked #9 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums of 2003" - "PERMISSION TO LAND is a great rock album."

Uncut (9/03, p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Staggeringly skillful, and a strangely touching expression of unbridled joy..."

CMJ (9/29/03, p.5) - "...[The Darkness] is here to remind everyone that rock music doesn't need to be so [damn] serious..."

Mojo (Publisher) (8/03, p.98) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...To execute a rock 'n' roll this audaciously camp and ludicrously overblown take balls of exactly the dimensions they boast about in interviews..."
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