It's a Wonderful Life

Sparklehorse - It's a Wonderful Life
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2001 Ratings: #42 / 186
User Score
Based on 155 ratings
2001 Ratings: #31
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SnowyFighter
85

Gentle jams

Wow. This is a powerful album. This is an album I went into not knowing much about Sparklehorse. With the first 5 songs of this album, I was floored. Piano Fire is easily the best song here for me. I originally thought that I hadn’t heard any other song from Sparklehorse, but it turns out I have heard Piano Fire sometime in the past. Ive been thinking about it, and I don’t know when, but my god it feels nostalgic. I absolutely love the song. The feeling the song is ... read more

DuckleberryFinn
95

This album feels like grass. It feels like fallen leaves. It feels like laying out on a sunny day finding refuge in the shade of an oak tree. And, for some reason, you know deep down that the world is ending. That not much exists outside of this moment, that the second you leave it’s over. Everything is momentary. And, for some reason, there isn’t sadness or despair to be found, but solace. You notice the way the blades of grass feel on your skin. You notice the way the sunlight ... read more

JayCrackers
86

Although, i do find It's A Wonderful Life quite a front half heavy record where the second half is still emotional grand and their are some under appreciated tracks within them, the power of this record easily comes from the first 7 tracks being amazing from PJ Harvey being an amazing feature and some heart felt and depressing lyrics of Mark which hit you like a truck. Truly, an experience which comes off soft spoken and calmly gentle, one which captivates not necessary with its mellow ... read more

Melancoholic
65

Decent.

TheGabagool
100

Philadelphia 2021. The year when I first listened to this album and fell for it almost instantly

DuckleberryFinn
95

This album feels like grass. It feels like fallen leaves. It feels like laying out on a sunny day finding refuge in the shade of an oak tree. And, for some reason, you know deep down that the world is ending. That not much exists outside of this moment, that the second you leave it’s over. Everything is momentary. And, for some reason, there isn’t sadness or despair to be found, but solace. You notice the way the blades of grass feel on your skin. You notice the way the sunlight ... read more

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Track List

  1. It's a Wonderful Life
  2. Gold Day
  3. Piano Fire
  4. Sea of Teeth
  5. Apple Bed
  6. King of Nails
  7. Eyepennies
  8. Dog Door
  9. More Yellow Birds
  10. Little Fat Baby
  11. Devil's New
  12. Comfort Me
  13. Babies on the Sun
  14. Morning Hollow [hidden track]

Year End Lists

#15/Paste
#22/NME
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Added on: December 21, 2012