darkness, permission to land

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The Darkness.Occasionally, Nat and I go out with our friends Jason and Anne for dinner and bowling. Friday and Saturday nights are the best as the alley turns off the lights and then cranks up the classic rock, the fog machines, the disco ball, the black lights and the strobe lights.I've found that my bowling improves with distraction and I've got plenty of room for bowling improvement. On our previous trips, we've enjoyed AC/DC, Kiss, Cream and the like during "Thunder Alley." Saturday the 28th, however, we experienced bowling to Brittany, Beyonce, Outkast and Christina with music videos. I discovered the fine line between levels of distraction -- music I enjoy is good while buxom young women in diaphanous attire is also good, but not for bowling.

Shortly after I experienced why "Toxic" was pulled from prime time rotation by MTV, the fellow running the show queued up The Darkness's "I Believe in a Thing Called Love." I was jonesing for some new tunes and was amazed at the tongue in cheek nods to classic rock groups from Peter Frampton to Boston throughout the video. I went right out and bought their album, Permission to Land. Luckily, the album ran me just under $11.00.

The music is actually fairly decent with three stand out tunes. My buddy, Dan, and I managed to listen to the whole album driving to and from lunch. Dan plays a little guitar and I caught him jamming air guitar and humming along -- at least when he wasn't bursting out laughing when I translated some lengthy lyric crammed into a third the space it ought to have. In fact, "Love is Only a Feeling" is a sufficiently good power ballad to bring The Darkness back for a second album in the event their current single doesn't generate sufficient income.

Mr. Hawkins's voice could be a huge plus for The Darkness, but at present it wallows in a combination of Freddy Mercury, Ric Ocasek, Freddy Curci and Miss Piggy. His voice is potentially offbeat in a good way, but is presently prone to painful falsetto without reason.

I paused three times over two days while considering opening this album because of the parental advisory warning. Explicit content is generally a bad sign and "Permission To Land" is no exception. I'm aware that the f-bomb is weighted much less negatively across the pond. I'm prone to its use from time to time myself. I believe, however, it is not necessary to include it in virtually every song, several times, ad nauseum. The lyrics surrounding lack any sense of wit or restraint and seem to exist primarily as a vehicle for dropping the bomb in its various forms.

The liner notes are of fairly decent quality, include the lyrics, photos of the band and "thank you's" from each member. The liner notes indicate some sort of copy control, but I cannot seem to bring myself to make mp3's to find out the specifics.

Rating: Strongly Not Recommended

The Darkness, "Permission To Land"

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Well, this is disappointing. I really enjoyed that music video we caught. I guess this is why the returning dominance of the single is a good thing...

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