Dusk (The The album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 25, 1993[1]
GenreAlternative rock
LabelSony Records
ProducerMatt Johnson and Bruce Lampcov
The The chronology
Mind Bomb

Dusk is the fourth studio album by The The, recorded in 1992 and released by Sony Records in January 1993. The album peaked at #2 in the UK, and at #142 in America. In 2002 the album was reissued in remastered form on CD.

Track listing[edit]

Tracks written by Matt Johnson.

  1. "True Happiness This Way Lies" – 3:10
  2. "Love Is Stronger than Death" – 4:38
  3. "Dogs of Lust" – 3:09
  4. "This Is the Night" – 3:50
  5. "Slow Emotion Replay" – 3:55
  6. "Helpline Operator" – 4:48
  7. "Sodium Light Baby" – 3:45
  8. "Lung Shadows" – 4:34
  9. "Bluer Than Midnight" – 3:43
  10. "Lonely Planet" – 5:27


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

The album received positive reviews. In the NME, Terry Staunton gave the record an 8 out of 10, writing, "It can be a struggle at first, as Johnson never lets up from his blacker-than-black world-view, but 'Dusk' is a rich and hugely rewarding experience which draws you to its cold bosom again and again."[3] In Melody Maker David Bennun observed that it was "a remarkably straightforward album" for Johnson and wrote, "Like Nick Cave, Johnson protects himself from the ridicule he invites with bombastic self-caricature. When he lets this slip, he's left with an album that, although frequently absorbing, is still as inherently laughable as any The The album. "Dusk" needs time to grow; it deserves it. But while it takes it, the Dogs of Lust are closing in, howling with mirth."[4] Sam Samuelson of AllMusic gave the record four stars out of five, declaring it one of Johnson's "most accomplished products to date."[2]



  1. ^ "Record News". NME. January 23, 1993. p. 37.
  2. ^ a b https://www.allmusic.com/album/r58675
  3. ^ Staunton, Terry (January 23, 1993). "Long Play". NME. p. 27.
  4. ^ Bennun, David (January 23, 1993). "Albums". Melody Maker. p. 31.