Darklands is the second studio album by Scottish alternative rock band the Jesus and Mary Chain, released on 31 August 1987 by Blanco y Negro Records. The album is the band's first to use drum machines, replacing live drummer Bobby Gillespie, who had left to pursue a career as the frontman of 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. The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.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".Wikipedia
Music writers fall over themselves to overpraise Joy Division and New Order, yet rarely do I find anything to reassess the Jesus and Mary Chain (although Sofia Coppola using "Just Like Honey" came close to igniting a Jesus and Mary Chain Renaissance). This album fulfills all the promises those overrated bands suggested. It sounds like the first time you ever fell in love. Of course, I'm a sucker for harmonies and power pop so I'm probably just as guilty of hyperbole as those New Order backers. This is one of those albums that can vary between a 4 and a 5 rating for me. The title track alone is a piece of pure bubble gum pop perfection.
Just oozes with cool!!!
Not as good as their first album but I'm a big fan of this too
19 year old me's top 10 album to walk the dog and smoke a cigarette to
Part of me wonders why people are so quick to hype up Psychocandy as a total masterpiece when this follow-up is actually stronger in some areas. Less abrasive and groundbreaking, sure, but the production and song writing, especially on highlights like the title track, "April Skies," and "Only Happy When It Rains," are leagues above most of its predecessor.
In which the JAMC showed that under the pyros they had a sturdy songwriting chassis and (squabbling aside) were in it for the long haul. Flawless collection different from the amazing debut.
A wonderful album. I love the sensitive nature running through the songs, masked by the macho rock 'n' roll posturing. It's the songs that win through, all delicate and in danger of breaking into tears at any moment. The black leather hides the emotions well.
Like SHARPE leading his men in to battle.
The Jesus and Mary Chain feel like a real musical blind spot for me. I did a pretty deep dive into various Scottish indie bands in my late teens/early twenties (The Vaselines, Teenage Fanclub, Eugenius, Arab Strap, The Delgados, Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Prolapse, Magoo, Telstar Ponies etc. etc.) Somehow J.A.M.C. got missed off my list and now I feel like a fool. Loved this album and given it was released in 1987 I can see how they influenced a load of my favourite bands. Really liked it. Will now be digging into their back catalogue properly (and probably pretending I always liked them).
Darklands is packed full of big pop guitar hooks, and some familiar sounding melodies from Psycho Candy. The band relies less on the wall of sound from the previous album, but much more on what sounds like a drum machine here, sometimes to great effect. It's a very enjoyable listen, and interesting to hear where the Jesus and Mary Chain went after the reverb heavy Psycho Candy. Fav Tracks: Happy When It Rains, About You, April Skies Rating: 3.5/5
Shoegaze before it had a name. Liked the harder albums more, a la The Hardest Walk, but a good album I never really listened to.
Another band I know are supposed to be Very Important but that I have never taken much time to understand. I know Psychocandy is supposed to be great. Straight up, with Darklands, I like the song but detest the intensely 80's drum sound*. I like the Scots brogue of the vocals. Two tracks in, it feels like a lot of shoegaze. Inoffensive but not mind-blowing. Happy When it Rains is a step up. A genuinely good pop indie song with a grumpy streak. Then it turns out I know and like Down on Me from indie discos! And it's a tune! This alone has made today's album worth my time. Nine Million Rainy Days is also great - the middle of this album is very strong - like Atmosphere by Joy Division filtered through Heavenly Records. April Skies isn't quite as good, but this is still shaping up well. It continues in a fairly 'album track' vein to the end from here, until the very sweet closer, About You, which is a leap in quality again. A hard one to rate. The best tracks are 4s and 5s, the filler is solid 2s. Ideally I'd rate it 3.5, I suppose I'll see how I feel and rate it either 3 or 4! * Just found out this is because they replaced Bobby Gillespie (of Primal Scream) who was their drummer with a drum machine. I believe even Steps and Ed Sheeran benefit from lacking Bobby Gillespie, so I'm not marking them down for this!
Not the impact of Psychocandy but still a very good album, nice to see it on the list!
Really love this kind of sound. Great guitar work. Almost a mix between jangly and droning that somehow works? My only issue is that it’s a bit samey, but it’s a minor issue. Just barely holding it back from a 5.
4.3 - Perhaps it's a testament to the gripping power of "Psychocandy" but my first instinct when listening to this album for the first time is to understand it within the context of "Psychocandy." In actuality, to me this album is way more pleasant and approachable. Songs like "April Skies" are just pop delights. "Fall" has just hints of that fuzzy guitar sound that they'd blow out so completely on "Psychocandy." There's an expansive, shimmery and atmospheric sound - wish I had listened to this album before attempting to understand "Psychocandy." Though my path here feels somewhat circuitous, I'm really happy I finally got to this great record.
Miserable Glaswegians sing about depressing things in a public toilet. It's an album smothered in rain clouds but occasionally poppy melodies break through like a bit of warm sunshine. Best Tracks: Darklands; Happy When It Rains; April Skies
Not as revolutionary as their predecessor and noise pop masterpiece Psychocandy, but it's just as solid. Plenty of amazing tracks, including the bonus "Some Candy Talking" that I pretend is included, sounds inspired by Velvet Underground. Has a very 60s jangly psychedelic pop sound, with matching dreamy vocals and the familiar 80s alt rock / New Wave production. A lot clearer than Psychocandy, but many tracks are definitely fuzzy, doing what they do best. More accessible for sure, but I'd still recommend Psychocandy to people who want to see what makes them so mind blowing. Highlights in every track, with some cranking the speed ("Down on Me") while others contributing to a dark chasm of an atmosphere ("The Wall", "Nine Million Rainy Days").
6/16/2022 - ALBUM #140 Today's Album: "Darklands" by The Jesus and Mary Chain - These album reviews are starting to take a bit longer due to my busy schedule (which will hopefully eventually clear up), but the worst part about it is when I get these really fantastically layered albums that take me so much time to properly unpack. The instrumentals, lyricism, storytelling, songwriting, and even mood and sonic landscape of this album are all so layered and the instruments in particular are incredibly impressive when considering they're using a drum machine throughout the entire album. The album really gains a lot of it's personality through it's blaring distorted guitars that create a really rich sounding background to some really great moody vocal performances. The lyricism, although a bit hard to decipher on first listen, actually tells a really great story of feeling a lot of anger and injustice in the world and projecting it onto a relationship and all of the heartache that comes with it. By the ending track, About You, they sing about feeling better about the world and feeling something warm in the rain, warm in everything, and finally warm about "you". The lyrics can be a little heavy handed and hard to understand at some times, but I also think it's totally possible to just tune them out and enjoy this project for the great soundscapes it creates. This album overall just strikes a really awesome balance sonically by having a really structured automatic beat, that honestly sounds convincing for a drum machine, and then having a lot of effects on the guitars, melodic basslines, and somewhat strained vocals to incorporate a really moody atmosphere. They then incorporate a lot of conventional song structure to make this sound really appealing. A lot of the stuff in this album has become very worn out in the alt-rock genre, but for 1987, this still holds up today and sounds so incredibly fresh. The mix is also pretty solid, putting the vocals in the background of these blasting guitar chords. The songs April Skies and On The Wall stand out to me as all of these ingredients combining to create something that ascends the rest of the tracks. I also think the sequencing of this album is really solid, with the few songs that weren't as good being sprinkled throughout the track list. Overall, this album deserves a listen with a really good pair of headphones because most of the greatness in this record comes from the soundscapes they create, but at the same time...I really love that shit. Give this one a listen if you like an album with a moody alt-rock tone to it or like an album that gives you some great sonic moments and experiences. Highlights: Darklands, Happy When It Rains, Down On Me, April Skies, Fall, Cherry Came Too, On The Wall Score: 8/10 Pretty fantastic and unique alt-rock experience
Interesting album with links to to the shoegaze/dreampop scene. The bass is strong and the drums somewhat refrained. The singing does not go into big crescendos or spectacle, but rather forms an atmosphere. At points reminds me of My Bloody Valentine's "Isn't Anything" album, but with a lighter wall of sound, allowing more room for the melody. I have been curious about this band, but never had a chance to listen to one of their albums in full. I think this was a great introduction and at 36 minutes, is not a demanding listen. Genre: Rock, shoegaze, dreampop. Year: 1987 Track highlights: Darklands, On the Wall, Nine Million Rainy Days
With my last review, I found myself tackling dream pop via the Cocteau Twins' Heaven or Las Vegas. Now, who should turn up at the front door but the cousin of dream pop, noise pop? The distinction between the two isn't exact: both tend towards bubblegum melodies and walls of sound, with dream pop emphasising texture more and noise pop focusing on noise (funny that). So, more feedback and distortion, but both could open an Adam Curtis documentary on how the Biafran War directly led to TikTok. I expressed a mild guardedness for dream pop, as its style could slip into gimmickry with diminishing returns over the course of an album. Noise pop makes me similarly wary for similar reasons. It's nice to have a clear style, but a style is not a philosophy, and overexposure can reveal a scantiness to the substance. That said, I tend to prefer noise pop to dream pop: dreams are meaningless, noise is not. Darklands is the Jesus and Mary Chain's second album, and their second most acclaimed. Their debut album, Psychocandy, is now seen as one of the definitive albums of the eighties, especially in British indie circles. However, the two brothers behind the band, William and Jim Reid, had grown resentful of the rabid image the press had painted of them (the tabloids called them the new Sex Pistols due to the violence that tended to erupt at their gigs). Along with this, their drummer Bobby Gillespie left to pursue his own band Primal Scream, with the Jesus and Mary Chain employing a drum machine for this album. So, Darklands features much less of the guitar squeal of Psychocandy and, let me commit heresy, better-structured songs. I prefer the best songs on Darklands to the best songs on Psychocandy. You could argue that Psychocandy is meant to be treated as an album rather than a collection of songs, but I will point to my earlier criticism that an album of one noise can swiftly become wearying. Also, Darklands is less overtly record-collection rock, meaning you don't spend the entire album just ticking off references to the Velvet Underground (although you do spend some of it on that unimpressive activity). But anyway, whilst there are fantastic songs on Darklands, I wonder if it's momentous enough. Darklands is a fine album, but it just misses by a pubewidth in making me truly giddy. I don't feel my heart bursting when I listen to it, and that's surely the effect one desires. Maybe further listens will induce that full sense of bliss, but I have other things to do as well. Such as your mum.
Pretty solid guitar rock/indie. Their choice of sound and instrumentation instills a certain sense of timelessness in the music - really only the use of an 80's drum machine here is what dates them.
The JAMC pop album - I think universally acknowledged as not as good as Psychocandy but still pretty great. There's some foreshadowing of JAMC-do-Billy Idol-'Head On' here. And more stuff that sounds a bit like Just Like Honey, rather than a drill boring directly into your soul. These are not necessarily bad things, there is a place for both, and how do you top the debut?
One has always enjoyed the melodious sweetness herein, which contrast with dense, sonically fuzzy backdrop not nearly as dark and certainly not as heavy or screechy as Psychocandy. The sincere non-morbid yearning is well articulated in the singalong chorus (“Du-du-DUHdu-du”) of the opener. The tension between the tunefulness and drone-y walls balance provides the energy. There's a likable simplicity here, too, as if basic, relatively innocent ‘50s songs were updated with a more metallic sonic palette and near-industrial-strength production effects, pushing coolness from white t-shirts, leather jackets and cigarettes to the post-new wavey angst of torn, all-black clothes, thick boots and harder drugs. In the end, a highly evocative and richly satisfying pop record thanks to sweet, solid hooks within pleasantly dark shadings.
My first thought, when listening to this album, was that it was a pretty decent, run-of-the-mill rock album for the mid '90s. That I looked and saw that it was released in '87. Turns out, it's actually a pretty decent rock album that was ahead of it's time. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Solid 3 stars.
A good shoegaze album is still a snoregaze to listen to 😴
Not good, lyrics are not really sensible or well thought-out and the music feels very repetitive very fast.
Completely forgettable. The only redeemable quality for this album is that it is not so offensive that I would turn it off immediately.
Like… watching… paint… dry. Which may also be what the lads are doing on the cover. I’m trying real hard (and judging by the results, a lot harder than The Jesus And Mary Chain seemingly worked on 'Darklands') to find the right adjective here. ‘Dispassionate’ doesn’t work, for that implies strong emotion. ‘Disinterested,’ ‘impassive’ seems to work better. I read a book years ago written by Kathleen Norris in which she identified a condition called ‘acedia’ meaning a kind of spiritual or emotional sloth, apathy. I believe the Reid brothers, Jim and William, might be suffering from acedia. I mean, for God’s sake, they barely utilize a drum machine for much else than one droning beat, the only instrumental break was the very last song with a guitar solo that was literally four notes, and they sing with little or no fervor. Pat Boone comes across as Roger Daltrey in comparison. And if the music leads you to draw a bath of warm water, then the lyrics make you grab the razor blade and start your descent: ‘As sure as life means nothing and all things end in nothing… I want to go.’ ‘I have nothing left to give for you to take… there is nothing left of me.’ Here’s a particularly cheery one: ‘Everyone’s falling on me and I’m as dead as a Christmas tree.’ I take it he’s referring not to the beautifully adorned and twinkling lit ones in December, but the really super dead ones that are drug out to the curb with the rest of the trash in January. The best song on the entire LP was the last one, both because there was the tiniest glimmer of positivity in the lyrics, but mostly because it was the shortest one of the bunch. And boys, your LP must have infected me with a bit of your acedia, because I’m not even feeling any of the shock you desired when you named your band, The Jesus And Mary Chain.
Awesome album, I can't believe I waited so long before listening to it
Do you remember the JAMC? Yes, yes I do.
Indie 90's tranquilo oscuro
Enfim um indie GOSTOSO
Love this album. Such good indie music.
Cant fault it
Enjoyed, surprising 1988. Shoegaze.
This is not how I remember JAMC. The Beach Boys influences are easy to hear, and they've updated them incredibly.
Love it. Boundary pushing indie pop; jaded romance.
I pretty much like everything this band has done, I bounce between this and Honey's Dead as my favorite.
really good, definitely easier to listen to than Psychocandy but I really love both I really enjoyed the fuckin shit out of this album - 10/10
I like this album. I already knew just like honey and love it. their sound is so cool and comforting and familiar. I like the noise and the feedback, it feels like main character music, i can see it in so many films. i like darklands, april skies. it just feels like you should be driving down pch at sunset with the windows down or at a party with your friends having drinks. I will definitely relisten and revisit. i want to give this a 5 so i will. :)
Better than Psychocandy and Automatic
'Deep one perfect morning' seems a citation to Jesus wants me for a sunbeam, but they were published the same year, so who is citing who? Being Scottish, they certainly have a passion for rain and skies. The entire album is so good.
I might need to add this to my list of favorite bands. I have no idea why I never came across them before.
Reminds me a little of Joy Division but more subdued. Good stuff.
May not be their best album but may be their most enjoyable.
Very chill and new wave/ early grunge sound. Provided for and excellent driving album.
Really cool 80's punk!
Is it goth, or is it just goth-aligned post-punk? Either way, I'm a fan of this gloom! Fave track - "Nine Million Rainy Days" for most depressive lyrics...
As Spencer said as we were listening to this in the car- it’s the soundtrack to a coming of age film set in the 80s. But still very enjoyable no the less
Haven’t listened to this TJAMC album and really enjoyed it
8. Pretty good.
I'd not listened to this album before but I really enjoyed it. Much less drenched in reverb than Psychocandy allowing the melodies to shine. You can almost hear the beach boys in some of the tracks.
pleasant to listen to but nothing that exciting. 7
This is right up my street.
awesome - cant believe I didnt know about this
It’s college rock w/ some cajones behind it. A little distortion behind the jangle. It’s good, I think I need to listen to it again. After I listen to Psychocandy, I think that is going to be more along the lines of what I picture a Jesus and Mary Chain album to be. This is weird, but parts of this seem like a more friendly version of Samhain. The deeper I get into this the more I like it
Thoroughly this album. Never heard any of their music before
Really enjoyed the moody atmosphere.
Quality album - moody, atmospheric, engaging, enigmatic.
Never listened to before, definitely dig it. "April Skies" "Darklands" "Deep One Perfect Morning" "Nine Million Rainy Days
Feels like modern alt rock, but it’s the 80s = mind blow
Very much a product of its time: second half of 80s drenched in reverb and gated snares. Good melodies, languid vocals.
Alternative music ahead of its time
Yeah, I like the vibe. It definitely aged well. Somewhere between Nirvana and Depeche Mode.
Based on what I read about the group today, this is the only album I would probably enjoy (and did). I'll search out other works by them, just to see. A decent album.
Classic Scottish indie
Not their debut but fine nonetheless.
This band has definitely been a good discovery for me in 1001 albums. Enjoyed the last one too!
Better than I expected, but not really my kind of thing. Happy when it rains is a cracking tune, and they get a wee extra 🌟 just for being Scottish!
Great, but a sign of diminishing returns. They really should have stopped after this.
Consistency: 10/10 Tunes: 8/10 Really neat album and artist
Pretty good. Very similar throughout, but still solid.
4 for sure. Love their floaty grunge sound. And this album doesn't even have their big hit on on.
Tästä tykkäsin. Kivaa post-rock-fiilistelyä. 4/5
I thought to myself, NO MORE PUNK. And they listened, and I actually enjoyed this. I just... am done with punk.
I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would, and I feel I really slept on The Jesus and Mary Chain.
Great guitar wall of sound. Reverb and atmosphere for days.
I don’t know how I’d missed this!
Legalzinho Melhor música: april Skyes
Was good, love the voice and the tone
This album was nice. A chill vibe.
Back in the 80s I enjoyed a lot of the new wave/alternative music, but I was never into it enough to delve deep into the different artists. As a result, I was never sure when I heard a song if it was Jesus and Mary Chain, The The, Psychedelic Furs, or any number of other faceless new bands. Giving this a good listen now though, I’m pretty impressed with this band. Really good stuff that I need to listen to again. 4 stars.
I could listen to a lot of this.
I really dig it
on paper i should like this, i don't not like it, but don't know when I'd choose it, especially given it sounds a bit 80s now
I really like The Jesus and Mary Chain. This is not my favorite album from them, but it's still a very good one.
I only knew pyschocandy. This is a lot more mellow. Still a a good listen.
Listened before? N I've heard of these guys before but never really listened to them. This one was pretty good! Reminds me of Echo and the Bunnymen a bit. I enjoyed it. Added to Library? Y Songs Added to Playlist: Happy When it Rains, April Skies
Good early alternative. Solid
Did it help that I listened to this on a wet, overcast day? Probably.
Que sorpresa….. un sonido duro pero depresible… como un dará más violento… quizá inicio de Indie. Sountrack para un ventrue
Frábær plata! Ekki hlustað á hana í gegn í dálítið langan tíma. Besta plata J&MC er samt Psychocandy. Hún er stórkostleg.
Frábær plata. Hlusta á hana reglulega. Sá þá í London fyrir fimm árum. Var snilld að sjá þá live.
I recently got 'Psychocandy', which had a stronger single (Just Like Honey), but overall 'Darklands' is a better and more accessible album as it's more poppy and the fuzzed-out guitars are toned down a bit.
Classic walk through the 80s musically.
Niet zo memorabel album, maar wel goeie muziek
Warm and nostalgic sound, just like honey!
Nice listen. Great Scottish pop/alt/punk.
I never really got into the Jesus and Mary Chain when I got into post-punk. They always just kind of passed me by, and I never got around to listening to much of them in the years since. Spinning this now, I can see the appeal of their jangley sound, but I think I missed the window to totally get on board with them. This is good, but I’d rather put on Depeche Mode or Slowdive or something. Gonna say C+
Great album. My favorite of theirs will always be Automatic. Really underrated band though.
Washy goodness - I love the sound, and each song blends into another to make up a great record from start to end. There are standout tracks, but this is an album to enjoy in it's entirety.
Pretty good tbh. Reminds me of common garage bands now and wonder if they served as the foundation for modern music now.
Unexpectedly good, albeit a little boring sometimes.
Needs to be included in the next season of Stranger Things, so Gen Z can all wet the bed about it and discuss the pronouns used by Jesus and Mary. They/them
Unexpected but wonderful!
catchy and moody, the best combo. favorite tracks: darklands, happy when it rains, april skies
Very nice album, good vocals, good lyrics, nice guitar tones. Listened to it twice on a walk and it was a great way to clear my head. Favourite tracks: Happy when it rains, about you
Not a remarkable album but I did enjoy a few songs to warrant a 4z
This band and album went under my radar. So happy to finally get the privilege to listen to it. Amazing
not my favourite but good .
An absolutely excellent sophomore outing and a rare one that follows an iconic debut. This album is a whole mood. Brooding and goth in all the right places. I loved it.
Nije psychocandy ali je super
Unlike a mole, I still like this one.
Happy When it Rains and Down on Me are both very good feel good songs. A very pleasant listening experience. The mellow rock is both calming and uplifting
encore un album écouté par mon subconscient cependant il m'a laissée de bonne humeur et pourtant j'étais dans un oui go
Encore une belle découverte
I like the aesthetic a lot but nothing here stands out as a classic. If only it was just a little more... something. Anything. Louder, quieter, sadder, prouder.
This album is a reaction to the reviews of the earlier Psychocandy. The wall of sound is gone, but the "style" is still there. Songs are a little more drawn out and the band explores the space - it doesn't sound empty at all. I don't like this album quite as much as Psychocandy or Automatic, but there are some killer tracks and it's still a great record.
Oh man, not these guys again... But wait, this doesn't sound the same as I remember them. This album was totally listenable...even pleasantly so...
When your first encounter with The Jesus and Mary Chain is filled with scraping metallic shrieking feedback all the way through, it's a little daunting to get back on that horse. But happy I did, since I really enjoyed this album. It has a nice 80s alternative sound with 60s influences. It was something I would be glad to revisit again.
J'aimais bien au début, puis après j'ai eu l'impression d'écouter la même chanson 10 fois. 3,5/5
nära en femma. stort pluspoäng för längden på albumet
Jangly guitars, driving bass and drums, whispery vocals - Jesus and Mary Chain are the 80s alt sound. Always enjoyed their sound and look. Really enjoyed this album and kept listening to other tracks from them all day.
This album fits perfectly in with the best of post-punk that was coming along in the late 80s...it's dark, it's a bit mopey, and in that musical sweet spot that draws in goths. Also, when comparing to other post-punk acts, this album was really very inoffensive and easy to listen to. These guys are far less gimmicky than other bands in this style. This album has a very cool atmosphere about it that I don't really have words for. Compared to other post punk acts, this band is not nearly as well known or celebrated, but they should be. I think I'd put this at a 3.5, so I will go ahead and round up.
This album is a very well produced. It’s a bit more pop like than their first album but there’s a maturity that really shines through. The songs are crisp and the beats are almost laconic in how they trudge forward. Overall a very good listen.
I thought it was good, not particularly memorable though, in my opinion. Favourite: Fall
Every time one listens to TJ&MC, one wonders why one doesn't do so more often. The balance of sweetness and sonic fuzz makes for a deceptive softness – yes, dark and soft and sweet is quite an apt description of this record. There's a likably consistent mood and tone across the whole thing that easily transcends any sense of sameness.
I hate it when I like gen x nonsense like this. it's catchy and every song feels like I've heard it heaps of times, but it's also complete gen x crap. lol.
Not my Jam, but ok
Hm...this is a tough one. I enjoyed it for the most part, but nothing really stood out. I'd have to give a second listen, but would be welcome to check out the rest of their discography since "Just Like Honey" caught my ears first. 3.5?
Steady, liked some parts better than others but felt like loud noise for the most part.
Nice album, love the genre. However, I didn't manage to 'fall in love' with any specific song...
This album surprised me, actually enjoyed it.
Pretty interesting stuff. Kind of laid back and easy to listen to. A solid 3.5 stars.
A cool alternative discovery.
A little too mellow. Not really sure I get it. I like the couple hits on the album, the rest fell a little flat.
Appropriate for the time, not a bad album, just slightly tough to recall at the moment
Another classic 80's rock album, liked it but nothing particularly outstanding about it.
A nice album from this (alternative) rock band. Music I can listen to. Maybe I wil listen to it again.
Pretty chill but was just sort of "there" for me, I do like the slow-dark delivery though.
Meh was ok
early albums way better...
I enjoyed this. Never listened to them before.
Never heard of Jesus and the Mary Chain before, but really liked this album for its 80s-fused feeling to a lot of the instrument sounds and vocals, with catchy lyrics. Spotify continuous play introduced me to "Orange Juice", which is another great 80's band with some great tracks. Highlights: -Darklands -Happy When It Rains -
Was not aware of this band. Thought it was ok. Their guitar sounds made me think if the Raveonettes, the way they almost sound uplifting if they weren't soaked in reverb as if playing from a dark empty dungeon.
Decent but not life changing
Never heard this before. I like how they created a ‘sound’.
Eh it's a pretty good pop album but it's so much worse than Psychocandy. 7/10
A little slow in tone but a easy vibe
Nothing bad but just boring. 6
Better than I expected, only heard 1 of their albums before
Szkocik z kolejnym albumikiem, klasyczne rokowanie bandy braterskiej, bo glownymi czlonkami sa bracia Reid, nazwisko chyba skads kojarze, ale skad nie potrafilbym powiedziec dokladnie, albumik w orginalnej wersji, to klasyczny epek 36 minut, 10 trackow, ale spotifajowa wersja zawiera ultra miod delux, gdzie sa jakies czwarto wymiarowe strony vynyla i nigdzie indziej nieujawniane traki i trwa to wszystko godzine i 44 minuty, ale nadal trzyma poziom i nie ma sie uczucia, ze jest to meczony odsluch, niektore surowe, niekonwencjonalne wersje odkrywaja dany utwor na nowo, swietnym przykladem tego moze byc otwierajacy i zamykajacy darklands, w orginale jest to stonowany kawalek oparty na dwoch gitarkach, ale po dodaniu tam dodatkowych smyczkow i nadaniu surowosci wokalu przez jego lekkie podbicie kawalek wchodzi na nowy poziom, dlatego znajdzie sie dla niego miejsce na plejce, jedynymi kredytowanymi artystami sa gitarkowo wokalni bracia Reid, za drumy odpowiedzialna byla drumiaca maszynka, wiec tez wplywa na to jak je slychac, dobra pozycja na sluchansko nastawione na gitarki, ostatnim trakiem jaki jeszcze plejkuje to on the wall, jakos wiliamowe wokale bardziej przypadly mi do gustu, ale najczesciej obaj pojawiaja sie na traku jako back upy jeden drugiego
Sounds like a cross between Primal Scream (even though Bobby Gillespie had left by this point), Dinosaur Junior, New Order and the Stone Roses. It has an overall gloomy vibe but on occasions builds to more euphoric moments. I would prefer more of these. Quite a few of the songs seem to be about, or are evocative of, bad weather. An acceptable album but not one I will revisit. 3/5.
Guys where’d the edge go...
Hm. Had some cool moments but was a bit boring overall. 6/10
Better than expected
I liked it.
I suspect JAMC might be a little too cool for their own good. I appreciate that it's got some teeth, and there are a few real standouts on this record. It's not quite as good as Psychocandy and a gets a little repetitive at points, but still an enjoyable listen I'll likely come back to. Top notch driving music. Favourite songs: "April Skies", "Happy When It Rains"
very meh neither bad nor good yk
New to me, neutral
Best Song: Down On Me Worst Song: Nine Million Rainy Days
Decent but nothing out of the ordinary
If this were the first rock album I’d ever heard, I’m sure I’d love it. But it isn’t, so it shall be added to the ever-growing pile of OK basic-rock albums I’ve heard and forgotten about. Fav track: About You
Eh. Nothing about it catches my attention. It's inoffensive, though, so not a terrible grade. Just nothing special.
Top 3 1. (1) Darklands 2. (8) Cherry Came Too 3. (6) April Skies
Ok .., hear the Scottishness in some of the melodies …. More pop than i thought it might be
Niet heel goed kunnen luisteren, maar wat ik ervan mee kreeg was niet onaardig.
nice to listen to but a little too simple
Decent music for a cloudy rainy day.
It was alright, more good than bad but not thrilling
Inoffensive 80s Indy. Nothing overly catchy. Good background slower pace music
Klint nogal vaag