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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.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!?!
It's a nice album to listen to in the car, there are some very relaxing songs for the daily commute.
'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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
... is one of my new Fink favourites! "Warm Shadow" is a close second on this album. This album is definitely a grower and doesn't have the instant likeability of his... Read morePublished on 12 April 2014 by N. Cherian
Loved every track of this album. Stumbled on it completelt by chance via Youtube. There are so many great singer/songwriters around at the moment and Fin Greenhall is up there with... Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2014 by GaryTM
Fink is such an amazing artist, and this album is no exception! Even more fun when it's vinyl, the sound quality is really good!Published on 24 Nov. 2013 by Marie
This is a brilliant album from a brilliant artist. Discovered Fink from watching The Walking Dead and I'm glad I did!
Great addition to any acoustic fans library.