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Darkness, The - Permission To Land
Label: Atlantic Records
Release: 2003

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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All jokes aside, The Darkness have a lot going for them. Some of the most interesting guitar work of the past 6 years is unleashed on this album, and the lyrics and incredible vocal techniques of singer/guitarist Justin Hawkins never cease to amaze or humor.

Already the center of a media frenzy due to the 80’s rock tinged singles “Get Your Hands Off My Woman” and “I Believe In A Thing Called Love,” it’s on the masterful “Love Is Only A Feeling” where we see the band for what they are, and not the gimmick they are perceived to be by many Rock-Purists. The track opens with a small drum intro by drummer Ed Graham before being joined by an opening guitar solo by lead guitarist and brother of Justin, Danny Hawkins that just rings of a classic. The track is brought together by a beautiful acoustic guitar arrangement during the verses, which slowly break into muted powerchords on an electric before cascading into an excellent chorus that will be stuck in your head for days to come.

“Growing On Me” and “Friday Night” are two immensely great songs that further prove that The Darkness are more than capable of coming up with excellent material. There are no songs that stick out as being obnoxiously bad; it’s more of what the album could have been that’s a disappointment than anything. There are songs such as “Get Your Hands Off My Woman” and “Stuck In A Rut” that, while good in their own rights, do not match the rest of the great songs on this album.

Overall, if you are interested in an album that is reminiscent of 80’s rock albums that also offers a new-age twist, then this is the essential album for you. It’s packed with great guitar work, quirky lyrics, and just all around excellent bar a few minor missteps. Lets just hope that people will be see through the obvious Spinal Tap comparisons and take The Darkness for what they really are; a great band.

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