Permission To Land - The Darkness
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  • Summary: 'Permission To Land' is the debut LP for the rock four-piece from Norfolk, England (and we're talking the big, loud, stadium-rock end of the rock continuum, not the indie-rock end).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. It is that love, devotion, and unfaltering belief that makes 'Permission To Land' such an essential listen, and such a joy to behold. It is the sound of triumph.
  2. This is rock with a big fat drunken grin scrawled over its face in lurid red lipstick.
  3. At a compact 38 minutes, Permission to Land is over before it gets irritating, leaving you with an impression of overwrought headache-rock fronted by a gale-force falsetto.
  4. Permission To Land is actually good enough to motivate more than a few curious, intrepid listeners to give their dusty old Dokken albums another spin.
  5. Campy? To be sure. Derivative? Absolutely. But cock-rock of this sheer magnitude and pomposity has been dormant at least since "Smells Like Teen Spirit" washed away "November Rain," so who really cares?
  6. Just because it’s essentially heavy-metal karaoke, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 57
  2. Negative: 6 out of 57
  1. Aug 14, 2012
    10
    permission to land is bombastic loud rock album of legendary status the songs are loud catchy and sing alongy . the guitar laying is brilliant the drums bash and it is quite simply and album made to make you feel good and sing along too there should be more albums like this. It is also a fit of a larf with some impressively rediculous vocals that soar. Super album Super band Expand
  2. Aug 11, 2010
    10
    Glam rock gods. Overrated? Barely anyone knows who they are. Overrated is incredibly ironic. Justin Hawkins and Dan hawkins are like Queen + Ac/dc. The hooks and uniqueness of Queen with the generic rock sounds of Ac/Dc. A shame they broke up. They could have been gods. Expand
  3. Mar 27, 2012
    10
    This album is just sensational, fun, musically brilliant, camp (but in a good way), flamboyant and exciting. The Hawkins brothers have rocked up a storm here, great intertwining guitars and fantastic vocals on these brilliant pop rock tunes make it one of the best albums, not only of the last few years but of all time. It's stunning! Expand
  4. May 20, 2013
    9
    Its cheesy 80s inspired glam rock with a frontman who has a ridiculously high voice that constantly seems to grab his crotch. By this description, you would assume they are a joke. Your choice. If they are a joke, they're a bloody good one. If they aren't, then they have a vulgar sense of humour but who cares when they make music inspired by everything you love about Bowie, Def Leppard, T. Rex and actually do a brilliant job of it? Expand
  5. Feb 6, 2014
    8
    Genre: Rock
    With the over the top 70's style it is easy to misjudge The Darkness as a bit of a joke but they back up their excess by belting
    out some cracking old school rock tunes. Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2010
    7
    This album has to be taken with a touch of humour. At points I was in fits of laughter at certain songs which were so stereotypical and funny. Glam rock has never been so generic and still succeeded to be mildly good. Expand

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