A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this CD isn't age-appropriate for younger kids and tweens. And don't believe for a second that just because The Darkness invokes every 1970s and '80s hard-rock cliche ever imagined that the CD won't attract your kids like a moth to a searchlight. Also realize that when The Darkness borrows all those hard-rock cliches, it includes the language, drug, and sex references, so you may want to check out the lyrics (on a site like lyrics.com) before you share with your teens.
What's the story?
The big questions regarding PERMISSION TO LAND: Does The Darkness mean it, or are these guys trying to cash in on America's big appetite for irony? The answer seems to be, yes, they do mean it. Unfortunately, the band isn't over the top enough to be funny, and certainly isn't original enough to be good. At times, the record does work musically. Riff-driven and simple, songs like \"Growing on Me,\" \"I Believe in a Thing Called Love,\" and the semi-sweet \"Friday Night\" are easy to like. But when a band writes an upbeat song about heroin, or throws around profanity that's seriously offensive to women, it's time for parents to at least notice.
Is it any good?
Even if the content of this CD doesn't bother you, the bad clichés might. "Love on the Rocks with No Ice," could possibly be the worst song title ever, fitting the record's worst musical composition. Be concerned that your children might want to join a band and start writing songs like that. However, there is one good thing to mitigate The Darkness' subject matter. It's difficult for anyone -- even teens -- to take it that seriously. It's not a record worth confiscating or censoring. But it might be worth a conversation with your kids.