Permission to Land


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Bob Smithouser
Loren Eaton

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

A guy laments that he and his lady are drifting apart (“Love on the Rocks With No Ice”).

Objectionable Content

The cynical dismissal of love as mere sensation (“Love Is Only a Feeling”) is the least of this disc’s problems. F-words, s-words and misuses of God’s name stand out. “Get Your Hands Off My Woman” finds an obsessed stalker warning a drunken letch to stay away from the object of his lust. “Holding My Own” bids adieu to an ex while finding comfort in masturbation. The singer tries to get over a woman—and the sexually transmitted disease she left him with—on “Growing on Me.” Disenfranchised teens with an unhealthy, anywhere-but-here mentality will identify with “Stuck in a Rut.” That tune recommends escaping life by hitting the road. “Givin’ Up” points fans to heroin as a panacea for the daily grind. The twisted “Black Shuck” has a demonic dog destroying a church and slaughtering parishioners (“The congregation’s last line of defense was engulfed in fire/As the flaming priest stepped into the firing line”).

Summary Advisory

This throwback hair band has all the flamboyance of KISS or Poison, but with a self-aware irony. They don’t take themselves seriously. Even so, parents who fail to take seriously lyrics about drug abuse and perverse sexuality do so at their own peril. Permission denied.

Bob Smithouser
Loren Eaton
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