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The Darkness - Permission To Land
by Rachael Reardon

Five Star: A look at albums that are so good that they impress even the most cynical of critics. Very few albums are superior enough to obtain a five star rating but occasionally a band slips through the river of mediocrity that is the modern music industry and they produce an album that restores our faith in the future of rock! This series is a look at such albums. 

Its not too often you come across a band like The Darkness. 

I remember the first time their front man waggled his crotch in my face like it was yesterday, whilst watching some oblique T.V. show at god knows what time in the morning. ‘Have you heard of The Darkness?’ I ask my mate the next day, ‘No, why?’. ‘Cuz they are bloody brilliant that’s why’.

After hearing his bro, Justin, wail out ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in karaoke, Dan Hawkins (guitar) reckoned this messiah like voice would suffice (!) for the front man of his band. With Frankie Poullain (a bassist with quite possibly the longest arms and legs in the world) and drummer/school chum Ed Graham, The Darkness was born, and about time too. 

These boys reckoned it was all too late in coming, seeing as no one had the guts to sign them straight away and so clinched their record deal in style – dressed up as 18th century noble men and signing the cheque made out for ‘three pints of lager and a vodka lime and soda’ with quills. Rock n f***ing Roll man!!

Now, it’s at this point that The Darkness merge into that World War II poster, only instead of proclaiming ‘We Want You’, they grab you by the collar, shake you up a bit and wail ‘You NEED US’.

Why do we need them you ask? For a kick off, front man Justin Hawkins is the text book rock god we have all been unconsciously wishing for. Pinned the ‘straight Freddie Mercury’, he sure as hell has big shoes to fill. But as the press go mad with either bumming this band like its goin outta fashion (what else is new?), or shaking their heads at the ‘unoriginality’, everyone knows they fit perfectly into the AC/DC, Queen and Led Zepplin generations as far as their sound. And what’s so unoriginal about that?

‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman’ is all good, old-skool rock n roll. ‘You cunnnt! Get your hands off my woman motherf***er, Ow!’ – renowned for its high calibre swearing (ooh heck!), is enough to make a manically depressed, impotent 60 year old man rock his thermal socks off. 

‘Love On The Rocks (With No Ice)’ slams in a cowboy-western twinged intro, truly wonderful old-skool riffage and solo’s that put ‘Appetite for Destruction’ to shame. 
‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’s swaggering grooves and catchy metal licks manages to bring back from the dead, that precious rock n roll beat that even the shyest prune of a rocker would adore to sing in karaoke; as they delve into the world of air guitar, plucking the strings and thrusting their crotch in tandem.

Ballad ‘Holding My Own’ mourns out soft whining beats, while ‘Growing On Me’ reaches the peak of rock riffage and falsetto vocals to make the hardest metaller try to reach the high notes in idolisation mode. 

‘Kiss my arse, kiss my arse goodbye’ sounds off Justin on ‘Stuck In A Rut’ – something which The Darkness are not by a long shot. 

CD Info 

The Darkness - Permission To Land
Black Shuck
Get Your Hands Off My Woman
Growing On Me
I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Love Is Only A Feeling
Givin' Up
Stuck In A Rut
Friday Night
Love On The Rocks With No Ice
Holding My Own
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