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Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain

SparklehorseAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000GLKP9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Don't Take My Sunshine Away
2. Getting It Wrong
3. Shade And Honey
4. See The Light
5. Return To Me
6. Some Sweet Day
7. Ghost In The Sky
8. Mountains
9. Morning Hollow
10. It's Not So Hard
11. Knives Of Summertime
12. Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain

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Battling his own personal demons while he has been highly coveted as a producer for other bands, singer/songwriter Mark Linkous' output with his own Sparklehorse has been as irregular as it is ingenious. And it's been five years since the candid album It's a Wonderful Life welcomed a clean-and-sober, Linkous crafting the same divine and bizarre songs that have come to define his North Carolina-based band. That inclination continues here with the peculiar front man punctuating his songs with mentions of ghosts and knives and mountaintops, and presenting them with a murmured, spaced-out and psychedelic soundtrack. The up-tempo, bundle-of-nerves pop songs "It's Not So Hard" and Guided by Voices twin "Ghost in the Sky," though luscious, seem out of place among slow and startling ballads like "Getting It Wrong," "See the Light" or, especially, the imminent kiss-off "Some Sweet Day," where Linkous grouses, "I was the one who loved you most/ But you can't put your arms around a ghost." A parting shot that's meant to linger—much like the 53 minutes that are Mark Linkous' latest comeback. --Scott Holter

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Sparklehorse are set to release their first album in five years, `Dreamt for Lightyears in the Belly of a Mountain'. The album follows the band's much applauded last album 2001's `It's A Wonderful Life'. As anyone who knows the joys of Sparklehorse, there's mystery and magic here once again. We are given glimpses of sleeping old bears, hammering hooves, Ophelia in the creek and Christmas bulbs glowing in the night. Mark Linkous remains a man shrouded in enigma and the last five years have bought with it much adventure as well as turmoil.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I dreamt for light years... September 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It's been five long years since Sparklehorse's "It's A Wonderful Life," which is probably the most "ordinary" album Mark Linkous has ever produced. But the mysterious Linkous returns to his peak with "Dreamt For Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain," his fourth album full of unpredictable indie-rock.

The title should show you how likely it is that we'll hear Sparklehorse on mainstream radio. And true to its name, "Dreamt For Light Years..." is like a dream -- a wild, unpredictable, sad and exquisite dream, which is sure to captivate listeners who want music to be an experience.

It opens with fuzz, blips and mellotron, and then Linkous starts singing, "Your face is like the sun/sinking into the ocean/your face is like watching flowers/growing in fast motion..." The grimy guitar and swelling strings kick in, for a charmingly upbeat little song that lulls you into the right frame of mind for the remaining songs. Of course, it's not really upbeat -- it's all about Linkous pleading with his lover not to leave him.

Having lulled you into the Linkous Zone, the album gets stranger and more appealing as it progresses -- the shimmering folk "Shade and Honey," meditative folk, classic indie-rock, and jagged lo-fi rockers. This is weird, wonderful music, with the pleading love son It finishes with the title track, a ten-minute piano instrumental full of sadness and exquisite beauty.

Though "It's A Wonderful Life" was the last Sparklehorse album, this one owes a lot more to his masterpiece "Good Morning Spider." Okay, the album is apparently not about near-death experiences, but Linkous still sounds sad and surreal here, with no nods to convention. Even when he tries to be upbeat, he sounds like his heart is breaking.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my type of music, but.... January 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is the type of music I typically wouldn't care for. The music is electronic and airy, and the singer's voice a little too sweet and fragile for my taste. I must say, though, that the disc is very good. The songs are layered, complex, and the album unfolds nicely. After a couple of spins, I found myself really enjoying the music and the mood it creates. To me, the only negative is the 10+ minute wordless final song, with soft, dreamy melodies that would have made a nice 2-3 minute finale but don't quite keep my interest for the entire duration.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i am happy with it November 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Sparklehorse has always been a favorite of mine. Mark Linkous has been one of the most important American songwriters in the past ten years. He put out a great album five years ago. He collaborated with many famous people. He toured for a few years. He spent some time producing records by other people. He was doing some soundtrack work. It is refreshing to hear something new by him after all these years. Right off the bat it sound simpler and stripped down. It sounds like Linkous playing most of the instruments himself. "Don't Take My Sunshine Away" has a Beatles vibe. Much of the album returns to "Dear Prudence" like arpeggios. This album is much more intimate. "Shade and Honey" sounds like a song that could have been on the previous album. But there are no studio tricks. It's mostly voice, guitar, and keyboards, and drums. I am guessing that Scott Minor is playing on this. "See The Light" has a guitar sound that simple, pure, and beautiful. "Return To Me" is like the oldest music from a warm place. "Some Sweet Day" is the only song that sounds weird and layered. Sparklehorse occasionally has a hard rocking tune like "Pig." On this album it is called "Ghost In The Sky." There is a second one called "It's Not So Hard." I noticed that this album refers to things long gone. I met Mark Linkous a few years ago. He was a real nice fellow. "Morning Hollow" sounds like one of those songs where there is nothing left to say. I like these kinds of records. These allow some much room for dreams.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great range, dreamt on great stars December 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
With breathtaking range, a heartfelt sensability that doesn't annoy, great ideas, lyrics and melodies, Sparklehorse strums his way into his fifth or so album, with beautiful nonchalence. But don't be decieved. This is a rich, interesting, complete album. All the trimmings. And maybe the first time since Vivadixie that he's had rendered emotions so bare.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light years of dreaming September 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Oh, heavens. Every song, every moment was worth waiting for.

True enough, I can't be subjective. I'm a huge Sparklehorse fan. But the work is gorgeous, richly-textured and eloquent. There's a majesty to Mark Linkous' lo-fi, ultra-shiny pop magic and you need to open yourself to it and to suspend your expectations. It's worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars completely brilliant, absorbing October 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
i have everything Linkous has done--and this record is so rewarding, beautiful,

conducive to obsession/compulsion, etc. etc. the melodies veer toward the

slower, rippingly trippy beatle-esque and tearing, soaring/dreamy pop of...well, earlier Sparklehorse.

there are insanely lovely baritone guitar bits (brittle and low) and tunes that evoke in some weird way other songs

that seem like a bit of an homage...Linkous' lyrics are reliably bizarre and heartfelt and homespun, so to speak--the little touches (headphone bait) here are

magical--making this record have legs, as it were.

a masterwork--5 stars are for undeniable classics like "revolver" and

"loveless" and such...i am so lucky to know this band.

other things to investigate, popwise: the black watch, "tatterdemalion";

sun kil moon "ghosts of the great highway"; anything by spiritualized; and the new Yo la tengo record--all are immense!!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Sparklehorse - Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
No longer can we look back on the albums of Sparklehorse with prophetic detachment ... the muse, depression, frustrations, addictions, and nocturnal twilight undertakings of Mark... Read more
Published 22 months ago by R. Kesler
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Sparklehorse Album
This is a solid album, and there are more songs that have stuck with me than the other Sparklehorse albums. Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by Andrew Hand
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely Dissappointing
Here's a musician/songwriter/producer's view of the album if you find that sort of thing useful: After the AMAZING "it's a wonderful life" this album completely dissappoints, the... Read more
Published on July 2, 2010 by Paul Bowen
4.0 out of 5 stars It rocks
This is a great addition to Sparklehorse's work. It is more upbeat and engaging then It's a Wonderful Life... which is my favoritre SH album. Read more
Published on April 12, 2008 by Joseph D. Land
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh
I feel like there's a lot of potential. I just spent the entire cd waiting for something more.... but it never came.
Published on October 10, 2007 by Kurgan
4.0 out of 5 stars hidden treasure
The entire Sparklehorse catalog is incredible. This album is not my favorite among them, but is still several levels above the vast majority of modern music. Read more
Published on October 5, 2007 by Jon Quixote
5.0 out of 5 stars Linkous does power pop
I love the music on this one. "Ghost in the Sky", "Mountains", "Knives of Summertime" are amazing. Best music he's done. Read more
Published on April 27, 2007 by Illby
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy
I like the new pop-ness about it. A yummy 10 minute instramental makes me totally space out. I very much like it. Mark Linkous did it again. (but this time more happy). Read more
Published on March 9, 2007 by Philip Lecuyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Haunting, lyrical, with melodies that will stick in your head upon first listening...a masterpiece of post-rock/post-pop songwriting. In my top 10 faves of 2006.
Published on March 4, 2007 by Dr. Alan Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting It Right: My Review of "DFLYITBOAM"
A simple supple guitar melody drifts into the atmosphere and hypnotizes your brain, opening up a new panorama of human colors as a cold wind blows outside and a little girl, waits... Read more
Published on December 13, 2006 by Jules Anderson
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A song that sounds a bit like the Beatles' "Dear Prudence"
It may have been "Weird Sisters." It has a very similar chord progression.
Oct 10, 2006 by K. Berry |  See all 2 posts
is shade and honey a cover?
It is kind of a cover. You may have heard a different version on the soundtrack to Laurel Canyon, however Sparklehorse (Mark Linkous) is the songwriter. The Laurel Canyon version is sung by Alessandro Nivola, playing the lead singer in a band, with Lou Barlow and Imaad Wasif as part of his... Read More
Feb 20, 2014 by Michael Clark |  See all 2 posts
It's coming
I'm rather excited about this, but why is MORNING HOLLOW on the album? It was the hidden track on IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE.
Sep 13, 2006 by Michael K. Warren |  See all 2 posts
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