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Dark Night Of The Soul is an album by audio auteur Danger Mouse and the already much-missed Sparklehorse. The record sees the pair joined by the following remarkable roll call of guests: The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), Black Francis (The Pixies), Iggy Pop, David Lynch, James Mercer (The Shins/Broken Bells), Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Suzanne Vega and Vic Chesnutt. Rumors of this mysterious collaborative project began to circulate in early 2009 sparking widespread anticipation and excitement. Now, following months of talks, Danger Mouse and EMI are excited and proud to announce that Dark Night Of The Soul will be released worldwide in July. While this beautiful, haunting record being made widely and legitimately available is undoubtedly a cause for celebration, the news is shadowed by sadness following the recent passing of Mark Linkous, who released and performed under the Sparklehorse pseudonym.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Revenge (featuring The Flaming Lips)
  2. Just War (featuring Gruf Rhys from Super Furry Animals)
  3. Jaykub (featuring Jason Lytle from Grandaddy)
  4. Little Girl (featuring Julian Casablancas from the Strokes)
  5. Angels Harp (featuring Black Francis from The Pixies)
  6. Pain (featuring Iggy Pop/lyrics by Iggy Pop)
  7. Star Eyes (I Can't Catch It) (featuring David Lynch)
  8. Everytime I'm With You (featuring Jason Lytle from Grandaddy)
  9. Insane Lullaby (featuring James Mercer from the Shins/Broken Bells)
  10. Daddy's Gone (featuring Mark Linkous from Sparklehorse and Nina Persson from The Cardigans)
  11. The Man Who Played God (featuring Suzanne Vega)
  12. Grim Augury (featuring Vic Chestnutt)
  13. Dark Night Of the Soul (featuring David Lynch)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • ASIN: B003O6M3NO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Let us all pause for a moment, and bow our heads for a brilliant musician. Last March, a deeply depressed Mark Linkous aka Sparklehorse committed suicide.

But before he passed away, Linkous finished one last collaboration with Danger Mouse, appropriately entitled "Dark Night of the Soul." Lots of spacefuzz rock'n'roll and colorful psychedelic pop, with countless guest singers/musicians/composers adding their own unique stylings to the music. And sadly, you can hear some foreshading of Linkous' loss in there.

Every song has guest vocalists who also helped produce and composing their songs. It begins with the warm, liquid psychedelica of "Revenge," in which Wayne Coyne croons sadly, "In my mind/I have shot you and stabbed you through your heart/I just didn't understand/The ricochet is the second part..."

Then it switches to the shimmering, glitchy "Just War" with Gruff Rhys, and the fluttering folk-rock of "Jaykub" with Jason Lytle. After those through songs, there's a brief interlude of pure rock'n'roll -- Julian Casablancas slurs through the lean "Little Girl," Black Francis drawls through the half-baked"Angel's Harp," and Iggy Pop... well, he burns through a fiery expanse of dark hard-rock. What else?

Then things sink back into the spacefuzz again, with James Mercer, Jason Lytle, Vic Chestnutt, David Lynch, Suzanne Vega and Nina Persson all contributing. There's the ethereal electronic "Star Eyes (I Can Catch It)," the twinkly chaotic "Insane Lullaby," the bluesy "Daddy's Gone" and "The Man Who Played God," the melancholy folkpop of "Everytime I'm With You," and with bluesy streamers of synth and mats of grimy guitar in the last two songs.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill VINE VOICE on July 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Recorded last year prior to Broken Bells, this Danger Mouse collaborative project has now come out "officially" in Summer 2010 after the various legal wranglings have been settled. (Of course it was available in various ways online long before this CD version.) I find myself liking it even more than the Broken Bells release because the songwriting here tends to be better overall. The BB album had a few excellent songs, but it also had some dropoffs in quality. That kind of inconsistency would seem more likely on a "project" record like Dark Night, with its eleven different singers, but it really hangs together very well. I liked everything except the noisy, chaotic one-two punch of the back-to-back songs featuring Black Francis and Iggy Pop, respectively. (Those two songs are too Tom Waits-ish for me.) There is a degree of gloominess to the proceedings, as one would expect from major contributors Sparklehorse and Lynch, but there also a kind of pervasive luminosity and melodic beauty to the material that's utterly charming. Naturally it's hard not to dwell on the subsequent suicides of both Mark Linkous and Vic Chestnutt within a few months of this album's production, especially hearing the tune Vic sings (called "Grim Augury"!). With Dark Night now part of their final legacies, it leaves me sorry not to be able to hear any more from the two.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Loudon on July 15, 2010
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Sparklehorse is the pseudonym given to the work of singer/songwriter Mark Linkous who tragically killed himself in Knoxville, TN on March 6 of this year at the age of 47. Originally set for a 2009 release, Dark Night of Soul was designed by Sparklehorse to be a multimedia project with producer Danger Mouse and movie director David Lynch. The anticipation surrounding the album's release grew as guest artists ranging from Julian Casablancas of the Strokes and Frank Black of the Pixies to Iggy Pop and The Flaming Lips added their own unique touch to individual songs on the album.

The album opens with "Revenge" featuring Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, a slow groove that sets the mood for what I can only describe as the first act of the record. Often seen as one of the few bands comparable to Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals follows "Revenge" with "Just War" that lifts the mood slightly while maintaining the slower tempo of its predecessor. Jason Lytle of Grandaddy finishes this first act with "Jaykub" which maintains the dreamy sonic wavering heard on various instruments throughout the start of the album, but once again adds some light to the darkened approach to this Dark Night of Soul.

With the first three tracks flowing so perfectly together, a simple three hits of the snare drum announce a new act, led by The Strokes' Julian Casablancas and the incredibly Strokes-like single "Little Girl." By the time Casablancas' track concludes, it is clear each artist was given a great deal of creative freedom with their collaborative efforts. Any doubts are left behind after Black Francis and Iggy Pop follow Casablancas with tracks that could easily be mistaken for lost tracks by their own respective bands.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 19, 2010
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Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous sadly passed away in March this year. This album, "Dark night of the soul", was actually intended for release summer 2009 but was withheld till now thanks to record company issues, somewhat reminiscent of Producer Danger Mouse's issues with his "The Grey Album" Beatles/Jay-Z mashup.

Thankfully that's all behind now and so we get to listen to Linkous' and Danger Mouse's masterpiece. Featuring a plethora of singers (who also lend their songwriting skills), the collection manages to sound cohesive while still exploring different facets of sound.

Most of the songs are floaty and psychedelic with dark lyrics; "Revenge" with Wayne Coyne ("No you can't hide what you intend, it glows in the dark / Once we become the thing we dread, there's no way to stop." sings Coyne in a breaking voice), "Just war" with Gruff Rhys, the Beatles-esque "Jaykub" and "Everytime I'm with you" both with Jason Lytle, the trippy lullaby-like "Stars Eyes (I can catch it)" and the fuzzy "Insane lullaby" both with James Mercer, the Alt-Country "Daddy's gone" and "The man who played God" both with Nina Persson, the haunting and absolutely beautiful "Grim augury" and the distorted Alt-Country title track, both with Vic Chesnutt.

Raising the tempo are the sunny jangly "Little girl" with Julian Casablancas (sounding like something by Gnarls Barkley with snarling and buzzing guitars and a soulful croon), the crunchy Bluesy "Angel's harp" with Black Francis, and the pulsing absolutely charming "Pain" with a Bowie-esque Iggy Pop (singing "There are good people in this world of bums, but sadly I am not one") and lovely swirling keys.

Everything is an absolute gem really, and I'm hard pressed to pick a favourite. A fitting epitaph.
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