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One Way Ticket to Hell... and Back [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (28 Nov. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000BOG1P8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
The boys from Lowestoft return with their second album and follow up to the Mercury Prize winning debut, Permission To Land. It's been some 2 years since the release of their huge-selling debut but the long awaited new album is finally here. But is it any good?
One Way Ticket... To Hell And Back features 10 tracks in total - most are quite short; it's rare for a song on the album to last even as long as 4 minutes. So be warned, this is a very short album indeed - only 35 minutes 10 seconds long to be exact.
Most of the songs are good but the last two tracks prove to be somewhat of an anti-climax. In these final tracks The Darkness sound nothing more than a Queen tribute band and I'm not all that keen on it. The rest of the album is full of fantastic riffs, wailing vocals and also some guitar solos for good measure. Pan pipes, pianos and a string arrangement also feature but guitars are at the forefront of the album.
I'd also like to make it known that in Hazel Eyes (track 6), The Darkness have produced probably the most infectious chorus of the year - I just can't get it out of my head!
To sum up, this is an impressive album that has been very well produced but is marred only by the final two tracks being rather weak and the fact that it is so short. It's not a joke album either - the lyrics might not be all that serious but a majority of the songs are of high quality and some thought has obviously been put into creating them. If you liked the first album and haven't been put off by the bands much publicised egos then this comes highly recommended.
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Seriously, am I listening to the same copy of OWTTHAB as those who are moaning about it? What is there not to like?
I'll give a rundown of the tracks one by one:
One Way Ticket: 8/10. Good opening track. Doesn't do anything special as a result, but it's catchy, upbeat and radio-friendly.
Knockers: 9/10. More like it. Justin's got his swagger going now, and there's a nice strong chorus too. A bit short, mind.
Is It Just Me?: 9/10. This is as close The Darkness get to their 'Permission To Land' roots (not that I'm suggesting that they're better off that way!). Good old fashioned high-octane rock, and definitely a grower.
Dinner Lady Arms: 7/10. Good, but not great. Feels like a break in pace too early in the album. Still fits well with the album's theme, though.
Seemed Like A Good Idea: 10/10. 'Love Is Only A Feeling''s older, sexier sister. Beautiful, powerful and with brilliant lyrics. Possible single.
Hazel Eyes: 10/10. PERFECT. No, really. You just can't help but love this euphoric, epic powerhouse of a tune that hits you every time.
Bald: 10/10. PERFECT. Again. Moody, sneering, rifftastic and massive. Demands to be heard.
Gilfriend: 8/10. Seems to suffer from having to follow-up 'Bald', but the strings work nicely, and the chorus will stubbornly remain in your head for a long time.
English Country Garden: 10/10. This is grower (excuse the pun), and just seems to sound better and better the more you hear it. Crazy, mad and quick.
Blind Man: 8/10. A wierd one this. I wouldn't listen to this on it's own, but it's certainly a fitting end to the album, and whilst sounding serious, it has the classic Darkness tongue-in-cheek humour.
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OK, I hoenstly can't understand how so many people hate this album. My conclusion is no one really associates rock with fun anymore. This album is FUN from begining to end. You put it on and all way through you can enjoy it and rock out.

Compared to other 2005 rock releases such as the Foo Fighters' 'In Your Honor' or Audioslave's 'Out of Exile' (both excellent rock albums) this album stands out simply for the creativity and imagination that has been put into it. Roy Thomas Baker has really worked magic on this album giving the band a new dimension, which is very notable compared to Permision to Land(again another excellent album).

The thing about One Way Ticket is it's more than excellent. It's an instant Classic. Easily one of my alltime favourites. 35mins (yes 35mins only) of pure genius. The band have admitted this is more of a vinyl album with 5 tracks on each side. Listening to the album you realise why.

Side 1 (the pure rock side)

One Way Ticket starts off with panpipes, no idea why, but its brialliant. The only thing I don't like about this song is that dreadful cowbell. But otherwise this was the perfect first single for this album. It's got those winning rock elements that worked wonders on their debut, but you can hear the new elements as well. More harmonised vocals and a sitar solo distinguish it from their other songs.

Knockers...i love the chorus to this. Great lyrics. Great vibe. I love the piano and guitar solo piece. Makes me smile everytime I hear it.

Is It Just Me?...has to be one of their best songs so far. Possibly one of the best guitar solos in rock history. The guitar and bass riff is also really cool. Really pumping, and gives the song a great drive.
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