Darklands (album)

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Darklands
Darklands album cover.jpg
Studio album by The Jesus and Mary Chain
Released 31 August 1987
Recorded Wessex Studios, Southern Studios, Livingston Studios (all London)
Genre Alternative rock, post-punk, shoegazing
Length 35:51
Label Blanco y Negro
Producer William Reid, Bill Price, John Loder
The Jesus and Mary Chain chronology
Psychocandy
(1985)Psychocandy1985
Darklands
(1987)
Barbed Wire Kisses
(1988)Barbed Wire Kisses1988
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]
Mojo 4/5 stars[2]
Paste 4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork 7.8/10[4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
Record Collector 5/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[7]
Select 4/5[8]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 8/10[9]
The Village Voice B+[10]

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 noise-pop of Psychocandy to a more melodic indie/alternative sound.[11]

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

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

Legacy[edit]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[12]

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
Additional personnel

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
Australia (Kent Music Report)[13] 81
Swedish Albums Chart 38
UK Albums Chart 5
U.S. Billboard 200 161

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Darklands – The Jesus and Mary Chain". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy / Darklands / Automatic". Mojo (153): 111. August 2006. 
  3. ^ Leven, Jeff (8 August 2006). "The Jesus and Mary Chain – Reissues". Paste. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh (4 August 2006). "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy / Darklands / Automatic / Honey's Dead / Stoned & Dethroned". Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Darklands". Q (100): 273. January 1995. 
  6. ^ "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Darklands". Record Collector: 87. 2006. [T]hey purposefully refined the dynamics to craft genuine pop hits... 
  7. ^ Sisario, Ben (2004). "The Jesus and Mary Chain". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 429–30. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  8. ^ Manning, Sarra (April 1997). "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy / Darklands / Barbed Wire Kisses / Automatic / Honey's Dead / Stoned And Dethroned". Select (82): 112. 
  9. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (26 January 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  11. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r10351
  12. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  13. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 154. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. the Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.

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