Darklands (album)

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Darklands
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands.png
Studio album by
Released31 August 1987 (1987-08-31)
StudioLivingston Studios, London
Genre
Length35:51
LabelBlanco y Negro
Producer
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
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Mojo4/5 stars[2]
Paste4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork7.8/10[4]
Q4/5 stars[5]
Record Collector5/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[7]
Select4/5[8]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[9]
The Village VoiceB+[10]

Darklands is the second studio album by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain. It was released on 31 August 1987 by Blanco y Negro Records. Unlike their previous album, Psychocandy, drum machines were used in place of drummer Bobby Gillespie, who had left to pursue a career as the frontman with Primal Scream. Lead vocals are performed by Jim Reid, with the exception of "Darklands", "Nine Million Rainy Days" and "On the Wall", which are sung by William Reid.

Darklands reached number five on the UK Albums Chart, the band's highest-peaking album on the chart to date;[11] the album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[12]

Primal Scream later recorded a cover version of the album's title track as a B-side to their 1998 single "If They Move, Kill 'Em".[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by William Reid and Jim Reid.

Side one
No.TitleLength
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 two
No.TitleLength
6."April Skies"4:00
7."Fall"2:28
8."Cherry Came Too"3:06
9."On the Wall"5:05
10."About You"2:31

2011 expanded edition[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Darklands.[15]

The Jesus and Mary Chain

  • Jim Reid – vocals (all tracks except 1, 5, 9), guitar
  • William Reid – vocals (tracks 1, 5, 9); production (all tracks), guitar

Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[16] 81
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[17] 64
European Albums (Music & Media)[18] 38
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[19] 20
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 38
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 23
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 5
US Billboard 200[23] 161

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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. No. 153. August 2006. p. 111. ISSN 1351-0193.
  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. No. 100. January 1995. p. 273. ISSN 0955-4955.
  6. ^ "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Darklands". Record Collector. 2006. p. 87. ISSN 0261-250X. [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 (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 429–30. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  8. ^ Manning, Sarra (April 1997). "The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy / Darklands / Barbed Wire Kisses / Automatic / Honey's Dead / Stoned And Dethroned". Select. No. 82. p. 112. ISSN 0959-8367.
  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 – via RobertChristgau.com.
  11. ^ "Jesus & Mary Chain" (select "Albums" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  12. ^ Dimery, Robert; Lydon, Michael (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  13. ^ "If They Move, Kill 'Em" (UK CD single). Primal Scream. Creation Records. 1998. CRESCD 284.CS1 maint: others (link)
  14. ^ a b c Sinclair, Paul (12 July 2011). "The Jesus and Mary Chain / 2CD+DVD Deluxe Editions / Full track listings". Super Deluxe Edition. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  15. ^ Darklands (liner notes). The Jesus and Mary Chain. Blanco y Negro Records. 1987. BYN11.CS1 maint: others (link)
  16. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Jesus and Mary Chain – Darklands" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  18. ^ "European Hot 100 Albums" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 4 no. 38. 26 September 1987. p. 18. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved 14 November 2018 – via American Radio History.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Jesus and Mary Chain – Darklands". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Jesus and Mary Chain – Darklands". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Jesus and Mary Chain – Darklands". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  22. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  23. ^ "The Jesus and Mary Chain Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Jesus & Mary Chain – Darklands". British Phonographic Industry. 10 November 1989. Retrieved 19 February 2018. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Darklands in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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