Darklands (studio album) by The Jesus And Mary Chain

Darklands
Darklands by The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year: 1987
Overall rank: 843rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 306 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1987 (15th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (127th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (843rd)
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The Jesus And Mary Chain bestography

Darklands is ranked 2nd best out of 11 albums by The Jesus And Mary Chain on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Jesus And Mary Chain is Psychocandy which is ranked number 293 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 6,761.

The Jesus And Mary Chain album bestography « Higher ranked (293rd) This album (843rd) Lower ranked (3,572nd) »
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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 306 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.3/100, a mean average of 78.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.6.

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From 01/16/2020 00:29
When 'Psychocandy' came out in 85 it blew my mind and changed my life

When the 'Some Candy Talkin' EP came out in 86 it was almost as good

When the 'April Skies' single came out preceding the 'Darklands' album in 87 it was amazing

So to say the anticipation for the 'Darklands' release was palpable was an understatement ...

When I finally got I hands on a copy I knew going in it wasn't going to be Psychocandy Mark II (reviews had put paid to that ) and it was good . Better than good actually , the perfect follow up to the perfect album 2 years previous

Time has been really kind to 'Darklands' and listening to it in 2020 it hasn't aged one bit , the William Reid vocal tracks to mine are a revelation

"Hand in hand in a violent life
Making love on the edge of a knife
And the world comes tumbling down"

The last truly great JAMC album
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From 07/22/2019 15:09
Favorite Tracks:About You
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From 03/04/2018 21:19
Great follow-up to a brilliant debut. JAMC prove that they don't need the endless layers of noise when their melodies and lyrics are impeccable. A string of excellent tracks.
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From 11/03/2017 20:11
Best Tracks: April Skies, Happy When It Rains
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From 06/22/2016 19:35
Basically, psychocandy, without the feedback and distortion. Alright, it's a bit more than that and though it isn't as interesting as it's predecessor, it certainly is more emotive and the songwriting overall is just probably slightly stronger, but i love the noise on, psychocandy, although it gives me a headache if I listen to it too loudly(the only album that does that to me). The second of the Mary Chain's two classic albums, darklands, is an essential eighties album.
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From 12/25/2014 22:41
This was so different to Psychocandy in a good way that is. It showcases how the Reid Bros. were able to write melodic songs without the use of noise and feedback as the others had said. Well done to the Mary Chain for doing this. My favorites are Darklands, Happy When It Rains, Down On Me, April Skies, and Cherry Came Too
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From 07/17/2013 03:37
A true 80's album.
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From 05/09/2013 18:28
A massive improvement from Psychocandy. Melodic and nice throughout.
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From 04/20/2013 21:15
Lovely themes of melancholy, April rain, and dark lives. Nice album overall.
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Best Albums of 1987
1. The Joshua Tree by U2
2. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
3. Sign 'O' The Times by Prince
4. Strangeways, Here We Come by The Smiths
5. You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr.
6. Document by R.E.M.
7. Bad by Michael Jackson
8. Sister by Sonic Youth
9. Hysteria by Def Leppard
10. Music For The Masses by Depeche Mode
11. Louder Than Bombs by The Smiths
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13. Substance by New Order
14. Kick by INXS
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20. Tango In The Night by Fleetwood Mac
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