The The - Dusk

The The - Dusk
Release: 1992 | Label: Epic | Catalog number: 472468 1
Alternative Rock | LOSSLESS (Wv.Img+Log+Cue+Scans) | 249 Mb | Total Time: 40:05 | RS
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Alternative rock was at a weird place in May 1993. Pearl Jam and Nirvana ruled the roost with angst and volume, but the rock charts sported a zeitgeisty mix of hits from New Order, Lenny Kravitz, Duran Duran, Primus, Living Colour and Midnight Oil. Smack dab in the middle was The The’s “Love Is Stronger Than Death,” a perfect slice of organ-drenched melancholia with an indelible acoustic-guitar riff.

The track is the centerpiece of Dusk, a rewarding trip through the bruised psyche of vibrato-loving vocalist Matt Johnson. With Johnson as its only constant, London’s The The had been around for more than a decade prior to Dusk with middling success, but younger fans weaned on the Smiths came aboard in droves this time around, spurred on by “Death” and MTV favorite “Dogs Of Lust.” “Have you ever wanted something so badly that it possessed your body and your soul?” demands Johnson on opener “True Happiness This Way Lies,” Dusk‘s first of many I-crave-what-I-can’t-have laments. While Johnson’s outlook teeters from bleak to cautiously hopeful, Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr conjures the perfect musical moods throughout, adding signature guitar and harmonica touches to the could’ve-been-a-Smiths-hit “Slow Emotion Replay” and a funky flash of wah-wah to “Sodium Light Baby.” Marr told me in 2002 he was as proud of Dusk as the Smiths’ Strangeways, Here We Come, and it’s clear why: Few albums from this period offer a message so in synch with the accompanying music. []

Artwork By [Sleeve] - Andy Johnson
Compiled By, Edited By - Steve Shin
Engineer [Assistant & Additional], Mixed By - Marc 'Boy' Williams* , Martin 'Max' Hayes*
Engineer [Assistant] - Richard 'Noz' Norris*
Mastered By - Howie Weinberg
Other [Production Co-ordiantion] - Nina Sebastian
Photography - Eller, Collard & Palmer (Todd) , Johnson & Marr (Mitch Ikedo)
Producer, Engineer, Recorded By, Mixed By - Bruce Lampcov
Producer, Music By, Written-By, Composed By - Matt Johnson
Recorded Live At The War Room, London.
Mixed At The Hit Factory, London.
Mastered At New York
Dusk Is Dedicated To Eugene Johnson & Josiah Ferdinando


1 True Happiness This Way Lies
(Acoustic Guitar, Vocals - Matt Johnson)

2 Love Is Stronger Than Death
(Acoustic Guitar, Melodica [Treated],
Vocals - Matt Johnson
Bass - James Eller
Drums - Dave Palmer*
Harmonica - Johnny Marr
Organ [Hammond] - D.C. Collard)

3 Dogs Of Lust
(Bass - James Eller
Drums - Vinnie Colaiuta
Guitar, Harmonica - Johnny Marr
Guitar, Vocals - Matt Johnson)

4 This Is The Night
(Bass [Upright] - Danny Thompson
Drums - Bruce Smith
Guitar - Johnny Marr
Piano [Honky Tonk], Organ [Hammond] - D.C. Collard*
Vocals - Matt Johnson)

5 Slow Emotion Replay
(Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals - Matt Johnson
Bass - James Eller
Drums - Dave Palmer
Guitar, Harmonica, Backing Vocals - Johnny Marr)

6 Helpline Operator
(Bass - James Eller
Drums - Bruce Smith
Guitar [Baritone] - Johnny Marr
Guitar, Strings, Organ [Hammond], Vocals - Matt Johnson
Trumpet - John Thirkle)

7 Sodium Light Baby
(Bass - James Eller
Drums - David Palmer
Guitar - Johnny Marr
Guitar, Vocals - Matt Johnson
Organ [Hammond] - D.C. Collard)

8 Lung Shadows
(Arranged By [Brass], Piano [Acoustic] - D.C. Collard
Bass - James Eller
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Harmonica, Tape, Vocals - Matt Johnson
Flugelhorn, French Horn - David Lawrence
Guitar, Guitar [Baritone] - Johnny Marr
Trombone - Ashley Slater
Trumpet - Chris Batchelor)

9 Bluer Than Midnight
(Drums - Vinnie Colaiuta
Piano [Acoustic] - D.C. Collard*
Trumpet - Guy Barker
Vocals - Matt Johnson)

10 Lonely Planet
(Backing Vocals [Chorus] - Paul Webb , Zeke Manyika
Bass - James Eller
Drums - Dave Palmer*
Guitar, Acoustic Guitar - Johnny Marr
Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Strings, Vocals - Matt Johnson
Piano [Acoustic] - D.C. Collard)


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