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Darklands (Expanded Version)

The Jesus And Mary Chain

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Feeling no doubt burdened by the various claims of being the new Sex Pistols, and likely fed up with accusations that the walls of feedback were their own trick, the Reid brothers underwent a bit of a rethink with Darklands. The end result must have fallen squarely between two camps -- hardly eligible for sunny commercial airplay, not quite as flailing as the earliest efforts -- but, from a distance, this is an appealing, enjoyable record. Songs were often longer while the album itself was shorter than Psychocandy, walls of sound were often stripped away in favor of calmer classic rock twang and groove, while William Reid took the lead vocal at points, showing he had a slightly sweeter, wistful tone in comparison to his brother. However, the changes on Darklands can be overstated -- the basic formula at the heart of the band (inspired plagiarism of melodies and lyrics alike, plenty of reverb, etc.) stayed pretty much the same, even if the mixes were cleaned up -- compare "Down on Me" to any Psychocandy cut for a good example of the difference. The use of drum machines in place of Bobby Gillespie's rumble tended to enforce the newer focus, but at the album's best, such a seeming dichotomy didn't cause too much worry. "April Skies" made for a great single, while the soaring-in-spite-of-itself "Happy When It Rains" was another winner, one that Garbage more or less made its own some years later for its own similarly titled hit. William's singing turns made for other highlights as well, notably "Nine Million Rainy Days," the overt misery of the title suiting the dark crawl of the song, and the lengthy lament "On the Wall." Darklands is no Psychocandy in the end -- nothing the band released later ever was -- but it's still a good listen.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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1
Darklands
00:05:30

William Reid, Producer, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer, Writer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Deep One Perfect Morning
00:02:44

William Reid, Producer, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer, Writer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Happy When It Rains
00:03:37

William Reid, Producer, Writer - Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer, Writer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Down on Me
00:02:36

William Reid, Producer, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer, Writer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

5
Nine Million Rainy Days
00:04:30

William Reid, Producer, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer, Writer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

6
April Skies
00:03:59

William Reid, Producer, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer, Writer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Fall
00:02:30

William Reid, Producer, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer, Writer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Cherry Came Too
00:03:05

William Reid, Producer, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer, Writer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

9
On the Wall
00:05:05

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

10
About You
00:02:34

William Reid, Producer, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer, Writer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Some Candy Talking
00:03:18

William Reid, Producer, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer, Writer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

12
Taste Of Candy (Acoustic Version)
00:02:00

William Reid, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

13
Psychocandy
00:02:54

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

14
Hit
00:03:28

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

15
Kill Surf City Explicit
00:03:11

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

16
Bo Diddley Is Jesus
00:03:17

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

17
Who Do You Love
00:04:04

William Reid, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer - John Loder, Engineer - E. Mcdaniels, Composer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

18
Everything's Alright When You're Down Explicit
00:02:39

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

19
Shake
00:02:00

William Reid, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

20
Happy When It Rains (Demo)
00:03:46

William Reid, Producer, Writer - Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer, Writer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

21
Happy Place
00:02:23

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

22
F. Hole
00:01:06

William Reid, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

23
Rider
00:01:06

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

24
On The Wall (Portastudio Demo)
00:03:41

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

25
Surfin' USA (April Outtake)
00:02:58

William Reid, Producer - Brian Wilson, Composer - Chuck Berry, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

26
Here It Comes Again
00:02:31

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

27
Walk and Crawl (Single Version)
00:02:23

William Reid, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2008 Warner Music UK Ltd

28
Some Candy Talking (NME Version)
00:03:09

William Reid, Producer, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer, Writer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

29
Mushroom
00:03:18

William Reid, Producer - Suzuki, Composer - Schmidt, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer - John Loder, Engineer - Caroli, Composer - Liebezeit, Composer - Schuring, Composer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

30
The Hardest Walk (Soundtrack Version)
00:03:11

William Reid, Composer, Producer, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer, Writer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

31
Don't Ever Change
00:03:32

William Reid, Composer, Producer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer - John Loder, Producer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1988 Warner Music UK Ltd

32
Swing
00:02:24

William Reid, Composer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 1998 Warner Music UK Ltd

33
Darklands (With Strings)
00:05:26

William Reid, Producer, Writer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer, Writer - John Loder, Engineer

© 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd ℗ 2006 Warner Music UK Ltd

Album Description

Feeling no doubt burdened by the various claims of being the new Sex Pistols, and likely fed up with accusations that the walls of feedback were their own trick, the Reid brothers underwent a bit of a rethink with Darklands. The end result must have fallen squarely between two camps -- hardly eligible for sunny commercial airplay, not quite as flailing as the earliest efforts -- but, from a distance, this is an appealing, enjoyable record. Songs were often longer while the album itself was shorter than Psychocandy, walls of sound were often stripped away in favor of calmer classic rock twang and groove, while William Reid took the lead vocal at points, showing he had a slightly sweeter, wistful tone in comparison to his brother. However, the changes on Darklands can be overstated -- the basic formula at the heart of the band (inspired plagiarism of melodies and lyrics alike, plenty of reverb, etc.) stayed pretty much the same, even if the mixes were cleaned up -- compare "Down on Me" to any Psychocandy cut for a good example of the difference. The use of drum machines in place of Bobby Gillespie's rumble tended to enforce the newer focus, but at the album's best, such a seeming dichotomy didn't cause too much worry. "April Skies" made for a great single, while the soaring-in-spite-of-itself "Happy When It Rains" was another winner, one that Garbage more or less made its own some years later for its own similarly titled hit. William's singing turns made for other highlights as well, notably "Nine Million Rainy Days," the overt misery of the title suiting the dark crawl of the song, and the lengthy lament "On the Wall." Darklands is no Psychocandy in the end -- nothing the band released later ever was -- but it's still a good listen.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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