Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse – Dark Night of the Soul

January 01, 1970





Just by reading the credits – Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse,
David Lynch, Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop, Frank Black, Julian Casablancas, James
Mercer, Suzanne Vega – you know this is either gonna be really cool or a half-baked
slapped together mix tape compilations. Pfhhh! Danger Mouse would never let that happen and his production (which is somehow
both vintage and futuristic at the same time) is the silver thread that ties
this somber beast together.


Although it rarely gets particularly heavy, even with the
sympathetic strings, airy static bleeps and swells of orchestral harmony, this
is a dark album about lonely people searching for connection. If Wayne Coyne
singing about “bringing you fuckers down” or Vic Chesnutt talking about
“cutting a baby out” doesn’t do you in, David Lynch’s creepy ass cinematic
delivery surely will. And you have to dig how Danger Mouse makes you feel like
you snorted an OxyContin during Jason Lytle’s (Grandaddy) powerful performance
on “Everytime I’m With You.”


Unfortunately, at presstime EMI had blocked the release of
the album for undisclosed reasons, leaving fans to seek out the music via
underground avenues. Dark night indeed.   


Standout Tracks: “Revenge,”
“Dark Night of the Soul” AARON KAYCE




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