Permission to Land
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
some sort of backlash against the popularity of lighter, moody
rock fare from artists like Coldplay, or due to society's resurfacing
need to simply RAWK out, there's no denying the fact that The
Darkness's burgeoning popularity seems a bit surprising. Then
again, once you've actually listened to their debut, Permission
to Land, it really isn't that surprising after all.
It's true that
there's a lot of 70's and 80's metal influencing The Darkness.
And it's also true that lead singer, Justin Hawkins sings higher
than just about any woman you'll meet (other than Mariah Carey,
of course). There's definitely some AC/DC here, as the opening
of their latest single "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"
can attest to, and there's so much Kiss showmanship both in their
music, as well as their choice of dress that Gene Simmons could
only be jealous. There's also such a feeling of genuine respect
for the music they're making that The Darkness do what not only
seemed impossible, but also ridiculous - they make over-the-top
rock unbelievably cool again.
quality The Darkness have going for them, however, is that they
can write a damn good pop song. After all, that's what made bands
like Kiss and Queen so tremendously huge in their day.
It's one thing to indulge in the rock and roll lifestyle, but
it's another thing entirely to do it with talent and general appeal.
like "I'm being punished for all my offenses / I wanna touch
you but I'm afraid of the consequences / I wanna banish you from
whence you came / but you're part of me now / And I've only got
myself to blame" from "Growing on Me" it's unmistakably
clear that Justin Hawkins not only understands the imagery required
behind this brand of rock, but also demonstrates a deeper bit
of intelligence as well. This, of course, is only comlimented
by his over-the-top delivery and the band's impeccable ability
to totally rock out (Van Halen style, in this song's case).
As a whole,
Permission to Land, is a surprisingly good listen from
start to finish. However, one may be surprised by the band's tendency
to slow things down a bit more than might be suggested by their
ass-kicking moments, most notably in the required power-ballad
"Love is Only a Feeling" and the more pop-oriented "Friday
Night" (which, strangely, is my favorite moment on the album..
if for no other reason than that I really like how Hawkins says
liked Permission to Land...
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