Black the Sun

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Black the Sun is the debut studio album by the Australian singer–songwriter Alex Lloyd, released in July 1999 via EMI Records.

Black the Sun
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Studio album by
Released5 July 1999
RecordedQ Studios, Sydney
Studios 301, Sydney
GenreSinger–songwriter, alternative, lo-fi
ProducerAlex Lloyd, Ed Buller, Trent Williamson
Alex Lloyd chronology
Black the Sun
Watching Angels Mend
Singles from Black The Sun
  1. "Black the Sun"
    Released: 24 July 1998
  2. "Lucky Star"
    Released: 23 May 1999
  3. "Something Special"
    Released: 26 August 1999
  4. "My Way Home"
    Released: 25 May 2000

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2000, the album, won ARIA Award for Best Male Artist.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Guardian     [3]

Black the Sun received critical acclaim. Triple J listeners voting it their album of the year in 1999.[4][5][6] 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".[3] 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".[3]

Track listingEdit

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"


Additional musicians
Technical personnel
  • Ed Buller – co-producer, programming
  • Trent Williamson – co-producer


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1999/2000) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[7] 9

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2000) Position
ARIA Albums Chart[8] 82


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[9] 2× Platinum 140,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "History: Winners by Artist: Alex Lloyd". ARIA Awards. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 18 June 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Review: ALEX LLOYD - BLACK THE SUN". 2000. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  3. ^ a b c Aizlewood, John. "Review: Alex Lloyd, Black The Sun (EMI/Chrysalis)". The Guardian Review. Guardian Media Group (8 September 2000): 20.
  4. ^ Kingsmill, Richard. "Feature: J FILES: 1999". ABC. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  5. ^ Maxwell, Rudi. "Interview: The Amazing Mr Lloyd". The Northern Rivers Echo. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  6. ^ "Live preview: Alex Lloyd". Citysearch Australia Pty Ltd. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  7. ^ " – Alex Lloyd – Black the Sun". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts – End of year 2000". ARIA. Archived from the original on 28 May 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  9. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 23 December 2010.