Dark on Fire

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Dark On Fire
Studio album by Turin Brakes
Released 17 September 2007 (UK)
TBD 2008 (US)
Recorded 2007
Genre Folk rock
Label Source (UK)
EMI / Astralwerks (US)
Producer Ethan Johns
Turin Brakes chronology
Turin Brakes: Live Session
(2006)Turin Brakes: Live Session2006
Dark On Fire
Bottled At Source - The Best Of The Source Years
(2009)Bottled At Source - The Best Of The Source Years2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.0/5 stars [1]
The Guardian 4.0/5 stars [2]
NME 4.0/10 stars [3]
The Sunday Times 4.0/5 stars [4]
Pitchfork Media (5.5/10) [5]

Dark On Fire is the fourth studio album by the British band Turin Brakes. The band spent 2006 writing and recording demo songs. These songs were tested live on a UK tour in November 2006. After this, Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian teamed up with their live band and producer Ethan Johns to put the album together. The album was recorded in two different studios in London in early 2007. The band took a break from recording sessions late January because Gale's wife was expecting a baby, but in March 2007 the band finished the recording sessions.

The album was released on 17 September 2007 and entered the UK chart at #36. Special edition copies come with the 5-track bonus EP "Something Out Of Nothing."

The album was released to mostly generally favorable reviews [6] although some reviewers found the new highly produced full-band sound to be disappointing. Others hailed the album as a return to the quality of 2001's The Optimist LP.[4] Though the album sounds more glossy than previous efforts, it is in fact a mostly live recorded effort. This is significantly different from the previous albums. The band credit Ethan Johns with the idea for this approach. Playing the songs live to an audience helped shaping the songs as well.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Turin Brakes.

No. Title Length
1. "Last Chance" 4:39
2. "Ghost" 3:28
3. "Something in My Eye" 4:33
4. "Stalker" 3:49
5. "Other Side" 5:06
6. "Dark on Fire" 4:46
7. "Real Life" 2:55
8. "For the Fire" 4:14
9. "Timewaster" 2:57
10. "Bye Pod" 4:58
11. "Here Comes the Moon" 3:00
12. "New Star" 4:19


  • Stalker (10 September 2007) (digital download and music video only)
  • Something In My Eye (13 January 2008) (digital download and music video only)


  • Rob Allum – Drums, Vocals (background)
  • Phil Marten - Keys
  • Rachel Bolt – Viola
  • Hamish Brown – Photography
  • Alex Cowper – Design
  • Paul Wesley Griggs – Photography
  • Ethan Johns – Drums, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Mixing
  • Paul Kegg – Cello
  • Olly Knights – Guitar, Vocals, String Arrangements, Photography
  • Peter Lale – Viola
  • Perry Mason – Violin
  • Eddie Myer – Bass, Photography
  • Gale Paridjanian – Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals (background), Mellotron, String Arrangements, Photography
  • Fergus Peterkin – Assistant Engineer
  • Anthony Pleeth – Cello
  • Turin Brakes – Performer
  • Tim Young – Mastering
  • Warren Zielinski – Violin

Use in other Media[edit]

The song "Dark on Fire" is used in Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 8 "Pret-a-poor J"


  1. ^ Fulton, Katherine. "Turin Brakes: Dark On Fire > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (14 September 2007). "Turin Brakes: Dark On Fire". The Guardian. London. ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Worthy, Stephen (20 September 2007). "Turin Brakes: Dark On Fire". NME. IPC Media. ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Turin Brakes: Dark On Fire". The Sunday Times. London: News International. 16 September 2007. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Cohen, Ian (11 January 2008). "Turin Brakes: Dark On Fire". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Dark On Fire - Turin Brakes". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 September 2011.