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
    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. miwasangel
    Apr 19, 2004
    the greatest rock album in the last 5 makes you believe that with lps like this,the rock will live almost a thousand years fucking rules!. Expand
  3. DaveZ
    Oct 7, 2003
    A beast.
  4. AdamH
    Mar 31, 2005
    The Darkness have done something unbelieveable. They have successfully blended the best rock ever, from the 70s and the 80s. They also carry with them the badass attitude that is essential to any great rock band. They also have put their own spin on rock. Never before has anyone welded the superb vocals of Queen with the sounds of Zepplin, AC/DC, Def Leppard, and other great bands. Their vocals and music complement each other flawlessly. The best song on this album, despite popular belief, is not I Believe in a Thing Called Love, but Love is Only a Feeling. If you listen to it, the guitar work is amazing and the solo is one of Dan's best on the album in the way that it fits seamlessly into the rest of the song. Expand
  5. j1imb
    May 27, 2006
    excellent album. The best rock cd in a decade!
  6. Feb 6, 2014
    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
  7. RyanW.
    Apr 29, 2004
    Is anybody still listening to these guys? If someone is then they can bear a bad, repetitive joke for a long time. This is music is horrible and I'm extremely surprised and depressed that it actually has a 77 rating. Shame on you bad music lovers! Millions of Elvis fans are wrong and so are followers of The Darkness (what's dark about them?!) Expand

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