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Perfect Darkness [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (20 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B004VU04OW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Perfect Darkness
  2. Fear Is Like Fire
  3. Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us
  4. Honesty
  5. Wheels
  6. Warm Shadow
  7. Save It For Somebody Else
  8. Who Says
  9. Foot It In The Door
  10. Berlin Sunrise

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'Perfect Darkness' follows three critically-acclaimed albums from the singer-songwriter, whose production and songwriting credits include some of the world's biggest names - John Legend, Amy Winehouse and Professor Green.

BBC Review

Fink is the showbiz pseudonym of singer songwriter Fin Greenall. Since 2000 he’s been operating as Ninja Tune’s one guitar-wielding troubadour in their catalogue, and has gone on to work with Nitin Sawhney, Lamb and Zero 7. And that’s not all: he had that John Legend fellow guest on his last album, has co-written material beside Amy Winehouse and Bonobo (among others), and most recently popped up on Professor Green’s Alive Till I’m Dead; he’s also helping out on the rapper’s next album. He also manages to squeeze in a spot of DJing as Sideshow, with several releases under that name as well. Phew.

On this his fourth album as Fink, Greenall is still operating in a mellow, chilled-out area with the air of an early-hours beach-bum wayfarer. But before you smash the glass marked ‘Jack Johnson for the camping-at-The-Big-Chill-in-a-yurt set’ alarm, know that Fink adds a bit of balls and soul to the recipe. Here, one can hear delicate echoes of Nick Drake as well as – if you squint a bit – traces of Sade and Finley Quaye.

The standout track is Yesterday Was Hard on All of Us, one of those songs which could take on a life of its own. In fact, the entire album has a timely quality to it, filled with tunes that carefully burrow into your head: the intensely bluesin’ Wheels winds on muscularly, and the moody Who Says has echoes of Radiohead at their most pleasingly noodlesome. The sinewy title-track winds along with dashes of Bill Withers warmth and phrasing. But louder cut Fear Is Like Fire shows this set isn’t fully comfortable in a world just marked ‘acoustic’, and closer Berlin Sunrise is also something of a treat.

Perfect Darkness is rather special. A writhing, surprisingly meaty addition to the over-crowded singer-songwriter genre, it has enough individuality as not to get brushed aside with the prefix ‘just another’. If it takes Fink five years to follow this up, that should be plenty of time for this to slow burn itself into a bit of a classic.

--Ian Wade

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Fink has been somewhat under my radar - but this album has made me sit up and take notice. Not that it is an 'in your face listening experience'. His warm powerful vocals combined with mostly acoustic guitar drum and bass arrangements are easy on the ear. Heading in a mostly folk with hint of rock direction, this is a slow build sort of record. Listen carefully and you will like it more.

If you like your music in the smouldering James Blake mode, this one is for you. Very promising and I am hoping for a good live show in Oct.
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Favourite tracks: Perfect Darkness, Warm Shadow, Yesterday was hard, Berlin Sunrise, Honesty

Great talent, great use of looping, smooth vocals, interesting lyrics, good ear for a melody, but some tracks don't feel quite as memorable as others (I could easily drop the blues standard style 'Wheels' and 'Save it for Somebody else' without reducing my appreciation for the album).

Having said that, this is my first introduction to 'Fink', and maybe I'll grow to like those tracks especially in the context of his other work, who knows!?!
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From the very first listen, I knew that I'd love this cd. It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but then, what is? Very atmospheric and you can imagine listening to it, shacked up in a cottage, mid- Winter, the wind howling outside, the storm's a brewing...it's got that kind of feel. Dark but strangely comforting. Love his voice, love the melancholic feel. I rate this big time.
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There are 2 immediate stand-out tracks "Perfect Darkness" and "Warm Shadow". Most of the other songs are good too.

It's a nice album to listen to in the car, there are some very relaxing songs for the daily commute.
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I looked up Fink when I was researching bands that were playing Belladrum festival. I liked the clips so much I went and bought the Album and I wasn't dissapointed. Fink has incredible energy, a gorgous voice and charisma which comes through in bucketloads. My only niggle is the repetitve simplistic lyrics. I find them a bit one dimensional and flimsy. He's got expression and soul but the poetry isn't there for me. Having said that I'd be keen to see him live as the rest makes up for it (I missed him at Belladrum!)
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When the single "Perfect Darkness" was released as a download teaser, I couldn't wait to hear the rest of the album. Oh boy!! it was worth the wait. Like Fink's previous albums the songs are sweet to the ear with beautiful deep guitar tones. Fink are an awesome trio of cool musicians and brilliant song writing talent. Fink fans will not be disappointed with this badboy album.:-)
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I have four Fink abets and this probably ties favorite with sort of revolution. rare albums without a dud track - very rare - they are all good. Well recorded, engaging, down beat, up beat acoustic guitar, harmonic singing, cardboard box slapping (check YouTube) and most recommended.

'Yesterday was hard on all of us' and 'Who says' are exceptional. If you don't like it, you can blow away a music loving friend with this one.
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I have only recently stumbled upon Fink, having heard one of their tracks (Warm Shadow) being used on the soundtrack for a Sky TV drama.

Fink have a very original style offering a very punchy acoustic sound.

Whilst I love the whole album I would say the Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us and Warm Shadow tracks are the stand out tracks on the album. This is probably the best piece of original music I have heard in many a year and I would love to see the band play live.
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