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on 8 April 2016
A lot of listeners say they are disappointed with this album. I really like it as it reveals the songs behind the noise that covered Psycocandy. All of their albums are packed with great sounds but who would want them all to be the same?. Lots of great extras with radio sessions,outtakes and all those tracks from singles not on the original album.
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on 7 September 2006
The Mary Chain's first LP, Psychocandy (which has just been remastered too- but how do you remaster white noise?) was at times brilliant, but a generally unlistenable and slightly gimmicky album which doesnt really deserve its reputation. Darklands sees the Mary Chain ditch the feedback, along with Bobby Gillespie (no great loss), picking up on the slower, more melodic songs from the first album, in order to go for a cleaner, more accessible sound. Crisp drum machines are the only thing that betrays that this album came out in the 1980s- otherwise it has a fairly downbeat, retro feel, tipping a nod most obviously to the beloved Velvets.

There's an upside and a downside to Darklands' change of direction. The upside is that the album is far more listenable and consistent than its predecessor: a tidy 10 tracks clocking in at under 40 minutes (and no feedback!) The downside is that none of the songs here quite match up to highlights of Psychocandy, even if its a more listenable album on the whole. The trouble is that without the snarly feedback, the Mary Chain actually sound a little dull at times, and they don't have the musical wherewithal to compensate. I dont think that the bassist knows more than two notes, and throughout the album the band keep relying on the same musical tricks (as they did on Psychocandy). But I'm maybe being too hard. They may not have been up to the level of their contemporaries New Order or the Smiths, but nevertheless, there is something more-ish to the Mary Chain's studied coolness- this album is worth a a look, if not absolutely essential.
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on 8 July 2006
What on earth is the previous guy talking about?

This album is an atmospheric (sorry about the cliche), stroppy,

heart yanking masterpiece. If you've been out boozing last night and feel a bit emotional/fragile, put this baby on!! .........There!! doesn't feel so bad does it?
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on 23 May 2014
Not as edgy or groundbreaking as the seminal 'Psycho Candy' but an impressive side-step into a mellower but equally compelling sound. Influence of VU abounds and there are some of the most uplifting songs the J&MC ever committed to record. Impossible not to smile dancing along to April Skies and Nine Million Rainy Days is awesome. They had a really sexy sound going on at this point but there's an ethereal beauty to it as well. Damn - maybe I prefer it to 'Psycho Candy'!
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on 9 August 2013
If The Jesus & Mary Chain had for some reason sat on Darklands for 26 years and only released it now, it would STILL be judged an instant classic. Superb songwriting, great musicianship (I assume they were responding to suggestions that the walls of feedback and noise on their debut were just to disguise their lack of musical ability... this album proves that to be wrong) and spot on production, it still sounds perfectly fresh today. Happy When It Rains is one of the greatest pop songs of all time, and despite the many followers and imitators the band have since had, would probably have more chance of being a chart topping single in 2013 than it did in 1987.
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on 13 November 2011
When this album came out in 1987 , it provided a fresh and much needed injection of rock n roll into the charts. Great melody, inspired lyrics and an impressive follow up to their groundbreaking debut. This edition offers not only a DVD but a superb collection of B-sides, Outtakes and Live recordings. A Must for any serious Rock Fan
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on 7 October 2015
its ok .i dont play it as often as their later and better releases .some highs and some yawns .the chain were always best when they rocked out .dont go out of your way to get this .
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on 10 August 2014
Great pressing and remix cannot fault would whole heatedly recommend it
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on 2 November 2011
more accessable than it's predecessor (psychocandy) but equaly impressive. great lyrics with an attitude the radio at the time could or would not grasp. from a time when punk and post punk had reached it's innevitable demise. these guys were as good as anything that had gone before and their influenece helped shape 'indie' music of the 90's to this day. its the dogs, end of. ignore this band at your peril.
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on 11 April 2016
Great to hear such a powerful yet melodic album from the 80s again.
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