Dark Night of the Soul

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2010 Ratings: #167 / 924
User Score
Based on 73 ratings
2010 Rank: #224
Liked by 5 people
July 12, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
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Drowned in Sound

Dark Night of the Soul is a record with much backstory. To recap: following a legal dispute last year with EMI, the 'record' was released as a 100-page book with a blank CD labelled 'Use it as you will'. The music had leaked by that point, so that's pretty much an endorsement... However, that wasn't the end, as you are surely aware. The record has been given extra poignancy by the tragic loss of Mark Linkous by a shot to the heart (not that this is his last hurrah – the final Sparklehorse album was all but finished, and will presumably emerge at some future point). And not that that is quite the end of the story either: collaborator Vic Chesnutt died of an overdose of muscle relaxants late last year.


Originally released in 2009, Dark Night Of The Soul was delivered dead on arrival thanks to Parlophone and copyright issues. So it was that the album was released as a book of photography (provided by David Lynch) and a blank CD which was to be used to burn a leaked copy of the album. Between the original release and this more official offering, the deaths of contributor Vic Chestnutt and Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous have added a further layer of mystery and importance to the material within the confines of Dark Night Of The Soul.


Honestly a solid album, really enjoyed some of the features although some others fell a bit flat. Casablancas feature is the real standout track for me here


From what research I could gather, this album was supposed to be accompanied by a 100-page picture book composed by David Lynch (who actually gets to sing on two tracks here) which acts as like a narrative feature for the album. I don't have that book, so I'm missing out on some crucial context here, but knowing David Lynch it would probably just be nonsensical anyway.
Oh right, the album. The project on its own is still a pretty sweet 45 minute long piece of psychedelic folk/Americana, with ... read more


I've loved this album since the day I first heard it 13 years ago. RIP Sparklehorse.

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