Dark Night of the Soul Import
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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If you can't afford the hundreds of dollars for the box set. here is the important part...the music.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great collection of musicians and swan-song for Mark Linkous. I am hoping for a film to follow this. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bruce P. Haemmerle
I enjoyed Danger Mouse's collaborations with Cee Lo Green for Gnarles Barkley, and James Mercer of The Shins for Broken Bells; however, this album just wasn't that good. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Henry Mann
amazing... what collaborations / fantastic. sorry, i don't know about the legal issue garbage.... but this album is completely that which is amazing, and so forth... Read morePublished 17 months ago by EugeSchu
My baby's favorite album. Very chill, but with complex layers of sound. Good not only for babies, but also making them, and perhaps getting stoned while driving at night;)Published on August 11, 2014 by kellyeah!!!!!
it's so great and sad, and it sounds great on vinyl, you should buy it, david lynch plays guitar on it!Published on April 25, 2014 by Mark Beddow
This is a very special compilation from the first to last song, the mood of the album is great and never get lostPublished on February 5, 2014 by Edder