Darklands (album)

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Darklands
Studio album by The Jesus and Mary Chain
Released 31 August 1987
Recorded Wessex Studios, Southern Studios, Livingston Studios (all London)
Genre Alternative rock, indie pop
Length 35:51
Label Blanco y Negro
Producer William Reid, Bill Price, John Loder
The Jesus and Mary Chain chronology
Psychocandy
(1985)
Darklands
(1987)
Barbed Wire Kisses
(1988)
Singles from Darklands
  1. "April Skies"
    Released: April 1987
  2. "Happy When It Rains"
    Released: August 1987
  3. "Darklands"
    Released: October 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (7.8/10)[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]

Darklands is the second album by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain. Unlike their previous album, drum machines were used in place of drummer Bobby Gillespie, who had left to pursue a successful career as the frontman with Primal Scream. The album marks a turning point in the band's music, going from the savage noise-pop of Psychocandy, to a more melodic indie/alternative sound.[4]

Gillespie and Primal Scream later recorded a cover of the album's title track.

Lead vocals are by Jim Reid, with the exception of "Darklands," "Nine Million Rainy Days" and "On the Wall," sung by William Reid.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jim Reid and William Reid.

LP (BYN 11) and cassette (BYNC 11)

Side 1

  1. "Darklands" – 5:29
  2. "Deep One Perfect Morning" – 2:43
  3. "Happy When It Rains" – 3:36
  4. "Down on Me" – 2:36
  5. "Nine Million Rainy Days" – 4:29

Side 2

  1. "April Skies" – 4:00
  2. "Fall" – 2:28
  3. "Cherry Came Too" – 3:06
  4. "On the Wall" – 5:05
  5. "About You" – 2:33
CD (BYNCD 11)
  1. "Darklands" – 5:29
  2. "Deep One Perfect Morning" – 2:43
  3. "Happy When It Rains" – 3:36
  4. "Down on Me" – 2:36
  5. "Nine Million Rainy Days" – 4:29
  6. "April Skies" – 4:00
  7. "Fall" – 2:28
  8. "Cherry Came Too" – 3:06
  9. "On the Wall" – 5:05
  10. "About You" – 2:33

Personnel[edit]

The Jesus and Mary Chain[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9: Produced at Wessex Studios
  • Track 2: Produced at Livingston Studios and remixed at Wessex Studios
  • Tracks 5, 7, 10: Produced at Southern Studios
  • Track 9: Remixed at Southern Studios

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 5
U.S. Billboard 200 161
Swedish Albums Chart 38

References[edit]

External links[edit]