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  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000GLKP9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,704 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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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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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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I'm a huge Sparklehorse fan.
Daniel C. McGlothlen
If you like "Good Morning Spider" you are going to love "Dreamt for lightyears"... it's fantastic.
Joseph D. Land
I'd advise skipping it -- album plays better just listening to the pop tunes.
Illby

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Antiquity on 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By alexander laurence on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Otto Zappatore on 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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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daniel C. McGlothlen on September 26, 2006
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon Quixote on October 4, 2007
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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. If you've liked other Sparklehorse efforts, you'll certainly enjoy seeing where things have gone on this latest work. If you're new to Sparklehorse, please purchase this and the earlier albums. I wish Mark Linkous would tour a little more to promote his music... (Mark?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Alan Parker on March 4, 2007
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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.
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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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