Dark Night of the Soul

Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul
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Based on 22 reviews
2009 Ratings: #79 / 834
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June 2, 2009 / Release Date
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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.

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#43/Consequence of Sound
#44/Beats Per Minute

Track List

  1. Revenge (featuring The Flaming Lips)
  2. Just War (featuring Gruff Rhys)
  3. Jaykub (featuring Jason Lytle)
  4. Little Girl (featuring Julian Casablancas)
  5. Angel's Harp (featuring Black Francis)
  6. Pain (featuring Iggy Pop)
  7. Star Eyes (I Can't Catch It) (featuring David Lynch)
  8. Everytime I'm with You (featuring Jason Lytle)
  9. Insane Lullaby (featuring James Mercer)
  10. Daddy's Gone (featuring Mark Linkous and Nina Persson)
  11. The Man Who Played God (featuring Suzanne Vega)
  12. Grim Augury (featuring Vic Chesnutt)
  13. Dark Night of the Soul (featuring David Lynch)
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