Darkside* ‎– Melomania

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Always Pleasure 3:51
Feelings Flow 4:06
Tornado 4:01
This Mystic Morning 5:33
Someday 3:14
Are You For Real 4:48
24 Hours 3:43
Cry For Me 3:07
Rise 9:51

Versions (14)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SITU 34 CD Darkside* Melomania(CD, Album) Situation Two SITU 34 CD UK 1992 Sell This Version
30931 Darkside* Melomania(CD, Album) Situation Two 30931 France 1992 Sell This Version
510 904-2 Darkside* Melomania(CD, Album) Situation Two 510 904-2 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
SPV 084-05482 Darkside* Melomania(CD, Album) Situation Two, Beggars Banquet Germany SPV 084-05482 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
SITUCD 34 Darkside* Melomania(CD, Album) Situation Two SITUCD 34 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
BEG 07863 61121-2 The Darkside Melomania(CD, Album) RCA, Beggars Banquet BEG 07863 61121-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
ALCB-459 Darkside* Melomania(CD, Album) Beggars Banquet ALCB-459 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
ALCB-459 Darkside* Melomania(CD, Album, Promo) Beggars Banquet ALCB-459 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
61121-4 The Darkside Melomania(Cass, Album) Beggars Banquet, RCA 61121-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
SITC 34 The Darkside Melomania(Cass, Album) Situation Two SITC 34 UK 1992 Sell This Version
BEG 07863 61121-4, 61121-4 The Darkside Melomania(Cass, Album, Son) Beggars Banquet, RCA BEG 07863 61121-4, 61121-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
SITU 34 Darkside* Melomania(LP, Album) Situation Two SITU 34 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
SITU 34 The Darkside Melomania(LP, Album, Gat) Situation Two SITU 34 UK 1992 Sell This Version
SITU 34 P Darkside* Melomania(LP, Album, Pic) Situation Two SITU 34 P UK 1992 Sell This Version

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pyenapple

pyenapple

July 25, 2016
referencing Melomania, CD, Album, BEG 07863 61121-2

A lovely album of post-Spacemen 3 psychedelia, nearly tangential to the shoegaze movement at times, but willfully idiosyncratic and possessing its own deep merits. The title track "Rise" is a highlight, but the album's solid throughout.
streetmouse

streetmouse

March 24, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Melomania, CD, Album, BEG 07863 61121-2

While most psychedelic music fans loved the album All That Noise, there were those who have claimed that it sounded derivative, as almost being a cloning, or in the style of so many of the early psych artists from the 60’s … and while that may certainly be true in a most general manner of speaking, it’s one of the album’s most enduring qualities, meaning that like visual arts, The Darkside took those elements and built on them, giving the credits through musical nods of appreciation.

On the other hand, with Melomania, The Darkside manage to create a more full and distinct original sound and sonic presentation, one where the band steps from behind the shadows of their Spaceman 3 incarnation, creating more subtle arrangements, some complete with horn sections and more deliberate and defined lyrics. Without a doubt Melomania is still wasted, and even aggressive at times, harking back to their first outing to connect the dots, where the band lays out a breadcrumb trail of sorts for their listeners to follow, though with the dreamy intoxication and hazy bliss personified here, following a trail of any sorts may seem a stumbling impossibility.

With a lighter touch on reverb drenched feedback, [/i]Melomania[/i] nearly floats, undefined by the corners of your listening space, feeling expansive, as if the windows have been thrown open, and a step into the abyss would only lead to a concept of falling up into chilled airs that give way to flight, and the notion of confined structures is wholly irrelevant. Considering songs such as “Rise,” with its jangling twangy guitars, giving way to relentless slow burn anthems, where these numbers are spurred on and guided by a surprisingly effective and directive keyboard that both sets the moods and shuffles the listeners along through this nocturnal adventure of sound and vision.

Most surprising is how long ago this album first found its way into my hands, sounding as fresh today as it did in the early 90’s.

*** The Fun Facts: Supposedly this was the band’s second and final release, leaving far too many impatient for more, though truth be told, there is a third album under lock and key, in stuck in limbo, housed in record company vaults, that I’m more than sure will sound as fresh and lysergic as the day it was recorded. I for one hope that it will see the light of day as some point, or even be leaked by an impatient fan with the key to the lock, that’s been burning a hole in their pocket for over twenty years.

Melomania Definition: A melomaniac is an individual exhibiting melomania. This individual (as a person or even a dog) is inordinately and abnormally affected by the irrational or undefined liking of musical or other tones within certain ranges of sound.

Review by Jenell Kesler