Perfect Darkness

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Perfect Darkness
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Studio album by
Released13 June 2011 (2011-06-13)
Recorded22 November – 9 December 2010
in Brighton, UK and Los Angeles, CA
GenreR&B, folk-pop, blues
Length46:54
LabelNinja Tune
ProducerBilly Bush, Fink
Fink chronology
Sort of Revolution
(2009)
Perfect Darkness
(2011)
Fink Meets the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Guardian4/5 stars[1]
BBC Music(positive)[2]

Perfect Darkness is the fifth album from British musician Fink, and the fourth to be recorded with his self-titled band. It was released in 2011 on Ninja Tune.[3]

Background[edit]

On the concept of the album:

"With Fink we do sing about relationships and love and emotions – but we also sing about other stuff: embracing fear, Berlin dawns, looking forward. Perfect Darkness was written about a friend of mine who’s just signed a massive record deal and it’s all about to kick off. And I’m saying, ‘just roll with it man. It’s gonna get dark but you’ll survive and you’ll come out the other side.’" - Fin Greenall.

The album was recorded in the space of 20 days with the intention of capturing a "sense of right nowness" and an "organic sounding recording". The title was chosen because it sounded "really first-tracky" to the band. Behind the title is also a deliberate misinterpretation of the genre of folk, and the album is described by Greenall not to be "a collection of songs about being dumped or ships leaving meadows or whatever it is people think folk’s supposed to be nowadays, [it] is not that at all."[4]

The album was produced by Billy Bush (who has worked with artists such as Beck and Garbage) and recorded in Brighton and Los Angeles.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Fin Greenall, Tim Thornton and Guy Whittaker, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Perfect Darkness"Greenall, Thornton, Whittaker, Matt Kelly6:39
2."Fear Is like Fire" 3:58
3."Yesterday Was Hard on All of Us" 4:55
4."Honesty"Greenall, Thornton, Whittaker, Blair Mackichan4:33
5."Wheels" 3:04
6."Warm Shadow" 5:46
7."Save It for Somebody Else"Greenall, Thornton, Whittaker, Michael Flury3:49
8."Who Says" 5:04
9."Foot in the Door" 5:03
10."Berlin Sunrise" 4:04

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[6] 149
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[7] 78

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Catalogue
United Kingdom 13 June 2011 Ninja Tune ZENCD170
United States 19 July 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Guardian review
  2. ^ BBC Music review
  3. ^ Fink. Release info 29 April 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  4. ^ Kerr, Will. Gigwise.com interview 7 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  5. ^ Stickler, John. Stereoboard interview 20 May 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  6. ^ [UK&titel=Perfect+Darkness&cat=a "Lescharts.com – FINK [UK] – Perfect Darkness"]. Hung Medien.
  7. ^ [UK&titel=Perfect+Darkness&cat=a "Dutchcharts.nl – FINK [UK] – Perfect Darkness"] (in Dutch). Hung Medien.