THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN Visiting ‘DARKLANDS’ 30 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history…

Band: THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN

Album: DARKLANDS – their second LP

Released: 31 August 1987 – 30 years ago

All Music wrote: “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. ‘Darklands’ is no ‘Psychocandy’ in the end – nothing the
band released later ever was – but it’s still a good listen…”

Note: drum machines were used in place of drummer Bobby Gillespie
who became Primal Scream‘s charismatic frontman…

My score: although it was impossible to even equal their debut LP the bros
produced here some cool, amplified Beach Boys vibrations with twilight colors…

Three Top Tracks: Happy When It Rains / April Skies / About You

HAPPY WHEN IT RAINSsuperb single with a high degree of addictive poppiness

APRIL SKIESanother superb earworm single

ABOUT YOU moony balladry à la the Reid bros

Full album (original = 1-10)…

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