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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

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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000GLKP9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 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
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By alexander laurence on November 28, 2006
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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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Kesler on November 14, 2012
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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 Linkous have come full circle, and the stuff of dreams and legend has been made painfully real. Almost uncharacteristically, due to the nature these songs were brought to fruition, there's a unified feel to the album, even though the tracks, when held to the light, are fragmented, disjointed, and disparate. Though in reality, these feelings of mine may only be an attempt to not only unify the music, but to make sense of a tragic loss; a loss everyone saw coming, yet blindly dismissed.

For all intent and purpose, Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain revolves around one song, and one song only, "Shade & Honey," a melodic haunting number, one filled with gentle ghosts, a morphing guiding hand, and the sensitivities of the most beautiful vocals The Beach Boys could have ever conjured into being. That being said, I've pretty much shelved the rest of the album and it's brittle songs full of abrasiveness, that like ice crystals, are so fragile they crumble across the floor almost before they reach my ears. But perhaps, just perhaps, it's this unsettledness that holds this self-destructive album together. An album where landscapes are sculpted out of sound, not to be lingered in and walked through, more to be flown over, as if the music exists on a breeze, refusing to be captured, content to linger for years as a concept in much the same way as Smile ... only this time, there won't be anyone standing in the wings to finish, and lay flesh to these dancing skeletons.

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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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