Excellent chilled out chain
jbsd | san diego | 08/27/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
theresa | Santa Clara, Ca | 07/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rule #1 of great art is from the first, you know exactly who is producing it. Jesus and Mary Chain created and carried a sound unique for the 80s that carried its power through the intervening decades."
Another killer JAMC album
Alex TB | 11/10/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Considering the circumstances of the previous album, Darklands is a pretty ambitious album, even considering it's tame nature in comparison to Psychocandy. Instead of loud, hooky punk-pop, The Jesus And Mary Chain created breathy, touching love songs, as well as including both Reids in the vocal responsibilities. The sheer emotional power that these songs hold is sometimes staggering. The three singles, Darklands, Happy When It Rains, and April Skies, are among the best the band has ever created, and the rest of the album is fairly solid as well. The problem might be the environment in which this is listened to. If you actually find yourself listening to this in your house on a rainy day, you probably WONT be happy. But at the same time, these songs hold considerable weight when played at the right time and in the right place. This may be tiring to listen to all the way through, as it does not let up in it's revelatory romantic mood, but the truth still stands that this is another record that built a signature JAMC sound, as every record of theirs did. They never really came back to this style, making it feel like an anthem packed explosive valentine to fans. Wonderful in it's own way."