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Black the Sun

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Released  7 January 1999
Release date  7 January 1999
Artist  Alex Lloyd
Label  EMI Music Australia
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Recorded  Q Studios, Sydney Studios 301, Sydney
Producer  Alex Lloyd, Ed Buller, Trent Williamson
Black the Sun (1999)  Watching Angels Mend (2001)
Genres  Alternative rock, Lo-fi music
Similar  Distant Light, Watching Angels Mend, Good in the Face of a Stranger, Acoustica, Alex Lloyd

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Black the Sun is the debut album by the Australian singer–songwriter Alex Lloyd, released in January 1999 via EMI Records. It won the 2000 ARIA Music Award for Best Male Artist.


The song "Something Special" was later remixed by Resin Dogs to create "Something Special (Resin Dogs SP1200Resination Mix)".

Critical reception

Black The Sun received critical acclaim, with Triple J listeners voting it their album of the year. Writing for The Guardian in September 2000, John Aizlewood compared Lloyd's "eclectic approach" and "inspired turn of phrase" to that of Beck, and stated that the album "yields more with each play". He went on to draw comparison with the music of Crowded House, and singled out "Black the Sun", "What a Year" and "Backseat Clause" as the album's highlights, the latter, he noted, is a track which "closes the album in stark, lonesome fashion".


Black The Sun was awarded a nomination for "Breakthrough Artist - Album" at the 2000 ARIA Awards, where Lloyd himself won the prize for "Best Male Artist".

Track listing

All tracks written by A. Wasiliev, except where noted.

  1. "Melting"
  2. "Momo"
  3. "Something Special" (A. Wasiliev/S. Miller)
  4. "Desert"
  5. "Snow"
  6. "My Way Home"
  7. "Black The Sun"
  8. "Lucky Star"
  9. "What A Year" (A. Wasiliev/B. Quinn)
  10. "Faraway"
  11. "Aliens"
  12. "Gender"
  13. "Backseat Clause"


  • Alex Lloyd – co-producer, guitar, vocals, programming, drums, bass
  • Additional musicians
  • Louise Morgan – spoken word
  • Trent Williamson – programming, harmonica
  • Terapai Richmond – drums
  • Daniel Denholm – string arrangement, vocal arrangement
  • Clayton Doley – organ
  • Technical personnel
  • Ed Buller – co-producer, programming
  • Trent Williamson – co-producer
  • Weekly charts

    Black The Sun peaked at #9 on the Australian Charts in July 1999. The album remained in the top 50 albums for 28 weeks.


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