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One Way Ticket to Hell & Back

The DarknessAudio CD
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“We fell out to the point where I didn't think we were gonna speak again” - Dan Hawkins

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 29, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000BP86OG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

More than 3.5 million debut records sold are enough to stuff any band from Lowestoft, UK, with a follow up full of bohemian rhapsody, and with one-time Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker in tow, the Darkness has managed to parcel its sophomore effort with notoriously ogress riffs and (Freddie) Mercurial bravado. Led by audacious (and high-octave) singer Justin Hawkins, the foursome channels the pompous arena rock of the late-seventies with flaunting glam bands like Slade and T-Rex, parading mellotrons, flugelhorns, sitars and saxophones into a bawdy mix already conquered by double-barrel Gibsons and layered vocals. While the assemblage of power ballads ("Dinner Lady Arms," "Hazel Eyes") hearkens back to mid-eighties MTv, the Darkness brightens the play list with hook-heavy rockers like "Is It Just Me," "Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" and "Girlfriend." And with a sarcastic spirit and stretch-limo approach, there's no telling whom the band might round up to produce its third record. Is George Martin available? --Scott Holter

Product Description

The Darkness return with their second album, One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back. Everything you've heard is true. All of it. The exhaustion and the fear, the pressure, paranoia and pan pipes, the breakdowns and break-ups, the sackings, sitar solos and endless studio sessions and now ultimately-with this, their second album-the rebirth and redemption of The Darkness. Atlantic. 2005.

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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So much fun that you'll forget the ride December 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Great Sweet Queen, wipe the Slade clean. Justin Hawkins and his bandmates in The Darkness have given us an exuberant reminder of why - when it was really great - the kind of arena rock that you loved in the 70's was fabulous. In fact, even the syrup-stringed ballad ("Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time") isn't a total embarrassment. There's even a couple of hilarious one-offs to make sure you never forget that The Darkness can make light. You get "Knockers" (complete with the most outrageously funny second verse I've heard in years) and the ode to that middle-age scourge of crotch-rockers everywhere, "Bald." (Hey, is this a knock at Rush? Remember "I Think I'm Going Bald"?)

That is the beauty of The Darkness and "One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back." This is serious rock by a bunch of guys who have no problem NOT taking themselves all that seriously. My main quibble with The Darkness remains that their voice is still not gone beyond a too-easily identified composite of other bands. You'll hear an awful lot of Sweet and Queen here, and dabs of Slade, Boston, AC/DC, Def Lep etc, and the final third of the CD loses momentum. But then, if you can muster up the charisma of Freddie Mercury and the harmonies of the mighty Sweet, as The Darkness does on the title cut and "English Country Garden," I'm not going to be the one to tell you it's a bad thing. Add to the mix Roy Thomas Baker's usual kitchen sink approach to the production (sitar, bagpipes, pan flute, tubular bells and a pitch-perfect Brian May sound-alike opening guitar on "Hazel Eyes") and you can't help but get swept up in the ride. Besides, would any of the cocaine-cowboy bands of the seventies even dared to open their album with an anti-drug song AND the sounds of line-snorting?

Best Songs" "One Way Ticket," "Knockers," "Hazel Eyes."
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kick-Ass! December 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ah, the dreaded second album, the album that will separate the one-album-wonders and the bands with staying power. Having to have your second album be as good as your debut is hard enough, but it's going to be particularly challenging for The Darkness. With their ultra falsetto singer and screeching guitars, The Darkness are a complete throwback to the pre-Nirvana 70/80s. Some view The Darkness as a novelty act, and see the success of their debut album as an anomaly. So needless to say, The Darkness have a lot riding on their second album, it's either going to make them or break them.

Much to the relief of the band and their fans, "One Way Ticket to Hell...and Back" (2005) totally rocks. It has all the ingredients of a great old-school rock album: in-your-face head-banging arena rockers with kick-ass solos, a touch of the theatrics, and a balled or two that isn't to too corny. The Darkness have avoided the pitfalls of many sophomore slumps which include re-making the debut or letting creative aspirations run wild. "One Way Ticket to Hell...And Back" is cut, more or less, from the same cloth as the debut. It's the same retro style of AC/DC meets Queen, but Roy Thomas Baker's production has given the songs an authentic touch of the theatrical operatic aspirations from which the band first strived for on their debut. The mellotrons, flugelhorns, sitars and saxophones added to the mix work well. At times, the channeling of Queen and the added orchestration may be a little overdone, but the album is still a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

The critics have given "One Way Ticket to Hell and Back" fair reviews. But much like Queen, The Darkness could very well turn out to be a band of the people, rather than the critics. Fans of the debut, old-school metal, and Queen should be very pleased with this album.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one way ticket to heaven............... November 30, 2005
By Bela
Format:Audio CD
Great! It's like when KISS made Destroyer. Critics and fans

didn't appreciate it. This is a great effort and shows these

guys are no one hit wonders. Slick production and keyboards

and backing vocals make this a classic rock album. The Thin

Lizzy celtic "hazel eyes" is my favorite. "Dinner Lady Arms"

sounds like a rocking Raspberries song. The title track and

"Is it just me?" are good rockers like the first album. It's

like Queen meets AC/DC. It's got everything a true fan of rock

n' roll would love. Give it a chance. These guys are for real

and I hope stay around a long time. Rock n Roll needs them!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sohpmore Effort January 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I love this album, but don't really know why. The Darkness once again takes their Sweet meets Queen sound and comes up with an album of songs that simply will not leave your head. The Queen comparisons are even stronger on this disc as long time Queen Producer Roy Thomas Baker does the production chores on the album. Instrumentally these guys are nothing spectacular, but put all of the parts in the right places in order to come up with a winning formula. The band never takes itself too seriously and some of the songs, such as "Knockers" and "Bald" are hilarious. The title track rocks with a song about cocaine (band leader Justin Hawkins recently entered rehab for his problem with it. "English Country Garden", "Hazel Eyes", "Blind Man" "Is It Just Me", "Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time" are all solid rock songs. Justin Hawkins uses his upper register falsetto more on this album than on the first, and your mileage will vary as to whether you find it annoying or enduring. Overall I really enjoy this disc, and it is a great one to crank up in your car.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT CAN YOU SAY?
I like this band an awful lot and this is definitely worth giving a listen to. All I can say is it's good rock n' roll.
Published 3 months ago by SEINFAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent retro rock like no one else is doing
I'm just discovering this album 8 years after it's release but better late to the party than never especially when the party rocks like these guys. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rick H
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
This album is just a decent cd which really dissapointing as compared to their debut album Permission to land and the later album Hot cakes both of which are spectacular. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rohit R
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Great album, great price! I was also able to download it very quickly with no problems whatsoever. Sounds great too.
Published 17 months ago by Corinthian Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album!
Mostly press said this wasn't a good album, I think this one is GREAT! Songs like "Hazel eyes", " Bald" and "Knockers" are art pieces. This albums Rocks!
Published 17 months ago by Daniela Alarcon
3.0 out of 5 stars Yep...
More of the same but its fun! This is worth the trip if ya dig em! I do like the disc!
Published 18 months ago by Mark S. Sundermeier
5.0 out of 5 stars Glam Rock!
It may be ridiculous, but The Darkness is fantastically awesome! I have all their albums in my car, and it is practically all I listen too when driving. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sophmore Album
I'm writing this review almost 6 years after the album was released because, since then, it's really growing on me (intended). Read more
Published on May 3, 2012 by chrismike
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Effort
The Darkness are what rock 'n roll needed and still does. A singer who has enthusiasm, great guitar riffs, and a solid back beat. This band plays and it's FUN!! Read more
Published on February 2, 2011 by Sean P. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Think outside the box!
These guys don't go by the "norm". That's what's so great about them. Its such a shame that these guys broke up. Justin Hawkins is in a new band named "Hot Leg". Read more
Published on September 12, 2008 by Tyler
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