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  • Vinyl (April 20, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Plain
  • ASIN: B0034PWJ84
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Darklands (5:25)
2. Deep One Perfect Morning (2:42)
3. Happy When It Rains (3:35)
4. Down On Me (2:30)
5. Nine Million Rainy Days (4:28)
6. April Skies (3:58)
7. Fall (2:27)
8. Cherry Came Too (3:03)
9. On The Wall (5:02)
10. About You (2:32)

Editorial Reviews

The second album from the brothers Reid, originally released in 1987. Darklands is more accessible and hooky than Psychocandy, leaving most of the feedback and some of the noise behind to focus on the songs and to make a clear break from the legendary debut album. With tracks such as April Skies, Darklands, Happy When It Rains and Nine Million Rainy Days the Reids proved they had plenty of great songs in them and wouldn't be boxed in by the past. An all out classic from the 1980s reissued on 180 gram vinyl.

Customer Reviews

A lot lighter than Psychocandy, this second album was a great change of pace.
Steven Grogan
Out of all the albums by the JAMC, Darklands is probably the one that best represents them.
Stavros
The set is better on these than ever before, well since the vinyl came out at least.
Cousin Bobby

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Clark Paull on June 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Back when The Jesus & Mary Chain released their debut album "Psychocandy," curiosity got the better of me and I went to check out the band when they played a gig at a [club], located in one of Detroit's worst neighborhoods. The brothers Reid, accompanied only by a drum machine and their guitars, played a half hour of what sounded like feedback amplified through a fast food restaurant's drive-through speaker system in a wind tunnel, with an occasional hook or melody coming through the din, never turning to face the audience once. So imagine my surprise, and delight, when, a few years later, I bought "Darklands," slapped it on my turntable and heard some of the darkest, melodic, most beautiful noise ever committed to vinyl. Songs like "Happy When It Rains" and "April Skies," in a perfect world, would have been huge radio hits. The album that showed the world what is at the core of the J&MC's music when stripped of all the feedback, distortion, and white noise. Simply stunning...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kelan L. Koning on November 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I honestly couldn't have gotten through the 80s and early 90s without this album. Haunting, beautiful, and true. "There's something warm about the rain/there's something good in everything." Coming from Oregon, it was my most played album. Living in Cali, it's the album I play to remind me of home and long walks in my trench coat with my sister: "we lived our lives in the pouring rain/and the raindrop beat out of time to our refrain." Surprisingly optimistic despite the sometimes funereal moan of the vocals. What can I say except buy it and make your own memories.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Christen on November 1, 2001
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Darklands is pure genious - from the first note of the opening track to the very last sound of 'About You'. This is one of the albums I could not live without. While 'Psycho Candy' was a fantastic debut, 'Darklands' just blew me away. 'April Skies' and 'Happy when it rains' were two grandiose singles, released prior to 'Darklands', and there is not a bad song on this entire album. The first time I put this LP on my turntable was back in 1987 and I have listened to it at least once a month every year since then. Your CD collection will not be complete without this album !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jbsd on August 26, 2008
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definitely the most mellow of the j&m chain albums, and certainly worthwhile. if you want the feedback, get psychocandy or barbed wire kisses, but just as often, i turn to this album. it's like the inbetween for the craziness, say, the soberish album. this what you would want your tuesday to be like, if you were hammered on monday and wednesday.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2000
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If you never heard of these guys or of this album, give them a shot. Personally, I think this album is their quintessential album. I remember listening to them constantly during the late eighties. The song "Darklands" should rank up their as one of the great depressing songs of all time. Up their with Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" or The Cure's "Kyoto's Song". Admittedly it was depressing but I could not stop listening to it. I lost the CD and had to have it in my collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Coleen on July 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Among the JAMC Dual Discs, I really noticed a BIG sound improvement on this CD in particular. Haven't listened to the DVD side through big speakers yet, but I'm sure it is even better!! The videos are all really good, especially April Skies, with Jim Reid hanging on a cross, armed with a handgun!

ALL of the JAMC Dual Discs are essential for JAMC fans!!

Oh yeah, and they include extensive, newly written liner notes, too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Rodriguez on March 11, 2005
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I somewhat disagree with the reviewer that mentioned the song "Heroes" was being ripped off completely, I have to admit the song "Darklands" and "Heroes" have similar intros and the first verse of the song sounds similar, but that's as far as it goes. Regarding the JMC they made an art of using past formulas and melding them together and created something special, the bubblegum pop of the 60's with guitar feedback and nihilistic lyrics, nobody had done that before, nobody. I also disagree that this is a bland album, it's slower, a bit laidback, it has lot less distorsion that their debut album, but it is powerful, very melodic, and it stands with similar great albums from the 80's like "Closer" from Joy Division and "Pornography" from the Cure.

Lastly I have to say that most JMC fans agree that their first 3 albums (Psychocandy, Darklands & Automatic) are among the favorites, and in the 90's they fell into the "alternative" sound, too common those days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "michele4341" on March 9, 2000
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If you do not LOVE this c.d., there is something seriously wrong with you! It is lovely honey suckle poetry! It is teenage angst at it's best!
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