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Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain [CD]

Sparklehorse Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Capitol/EMI
  • ASIN: B000GLKP9Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Don't Take My Sunshine Away
2. Getting It Wrong
3. Shade And Honey
4. See The Light
5. Return To Me
6. Some Sweet Day
7. Ghost In The Sky
8. Mountains
9. Morning Hollow
10. It's Not So Hard
11. Knives Of Summertime
12. Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain (Aka Maxine)

Product Description

Battling his own personal demons while he has been highly coveted as a producer for other bands, singer/songwriter Mark Linkous' output with his own Sparklehorse has been as irregular as it is ingenious. And it's been five years since the candid album It's a Wonderful Life welcomed a clean and sober Linkous, crafting the same divine and bizarre songs that have come to define his North Carolina-based band. That inclination continues here with the peculiar frontman punctuating his songs with mentions of ghosts and knives and mountaintops, and presenting them with a murmured, spaced-out and psychedelic soundtrack. The up-tempo, bundle-of-nerves pop songs "It's Not So Hard" and Guided by Voices twin "Ghost in the Sky," though luscious, seem out of place among slow and startling ballads like "Getting It Wrong," "See the Light" or, especially, the imminent kiss-off "Some Sweet Day," where Linkous grouses, "I was the one who loved you most/ But you can't put your arms around a ghost." A parting shot that's meant to linger—much like the 53 minutes that are Mark Linkous' latest comeback. --Scott Holter

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Album - Don't Knock It 17 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
This CD seems to have met with a more lukewarm reception than its predecessors which surprises me.

Taken in isolation, this is great Americana/indie music. Linkous is a genuine craftsman of varying musical styles, from acoustic to riffing guitars, but all of his songs share a real warmth and a delightfully skewed lyrical vision. Had this been the debut CD from 'hot' new band I suspect the critics would be falling over themselves to praise it.

If you enjoyed other Sparklehorse CDs I recommend this without hesitation. The only justifiable criticism is that 'Dreamt For Light Years..' does not show any great musical progression; all of the Sparklehorse CDs sound broadly the same, but when he produces songwriting of this quality it seems irrelevant to object. I would be happy with more of the same in 5 years's time!
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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The new songs are melodic but unlikely to linger in your memory for too long. The best songs on this 'new' record are five years old, which says something about the comfort zone Linkous uses talents like Stephen Drozd, Dangermouse, and Dave Fridmann to reinforce for himself. 'Morning Hollow' was a (not so) secret track on 2001's 'It's A Wonderful Life', and the elegiac instrumental 'Dreamt in the Belly of a Mountain for Light Years' used to be known as 'Maxine', and was a b-side to 2001's single 'Gold Day'.

If you are new to the joys that can be found in Linkous's world of bees, horses, mountains, and ghosts then perhaps this is a pleasant entry-level purchase -- but if you care about owning records that enrich your life, buy 'It's A Wonderful Life' or the stunning 'Good Morning Spider' instead. The precious craft is there but so are the songs, and they are lacking on this fourth outing. Here's to the next Sparklehorse record, which won't sound so contractual (fingers crossed).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing record! 12 Aug 2013
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Great record by the late Mark Linkous. Calm, beautiful and sensitive. Real shame there will be no more music from this late, great musician.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Viva the Horse 27 Sep 2006
By Eugene
Format:Audio CD
Another beautiful album from Mr Linkous and co. I reckon it's more in keeping with Good Morning Spider and VivaDixie... than Wonderful Life as there's the usual downbeat quiet (but lovely) miserableness mixed with some rocking numbers.

Comparisons to Flaming Lips are spurious as the two sound so dissimilar. If you like Grandaddy and the Eels you're bound to like this...
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I dreamt for light years... 26 Sep 2006
By E. A Solinas - Published on
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It's been five long years since Sparklehorse's "It's A Wonderful Life," which is probably the most "ordinary" album Mark Linkous has ever produced. But the mysterious Linkous returns to his peak with "Dreamt For Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain," his fourth album full of unpredictable indie-rock.

The title should show you how likely it is that we'll hear Sparklehorse on mainstream radio. And true to its name, "Dreamt For Light Years..." is like a dream -- a wild, unpredictable, sad and exquisite dream, which is sure to captivate listeners who want music to be an experience.

It opens with fuzz, blips and mellotron, and then Linkous starts singing, "Your face is like the sun/sinking into the ocean/your face is like watching flowers/growing in fast motion..." The grimy guitar and swelling strings kick in, for a charmingly upbeat little song that lulls you into the right frame of mind for the remaining songs. Of course, it's not really upbeat -- it's all about Linkous pleading with his lover not to leave him.

Having lulled you into the Linkous Zone, the album gets stranger and more appealing as it progresses -- the shimmering folk "Shade and Honey," meditative folk, classic indie-rock, and jagged lo-fi rockers. This is weird, wonderful music, with the pleading love son It finishes with the title track, a ten-minute piano instrumental full of sadness and exquisite beauty.

Though "It's A Wonderful Life" was the last Sparklehorse album, this one owes a lot more to his masterpiece "Good Morning Spider." Okay, the album is apparently not about near-death experiences, but Linkous still sounds sad and surreal here, with no nods to convention. Even when he tries to be upbeat, he sounds like his heart is breaking.

He also doesn't mess with the instruments that work: grimy lo-fi guitar and folky indierock, with some charming harmonies, smooth strings and some electroblips, courtesy of Danger Mouse, and Flaming Lips drummer Steven Drozd. At first glance you'd think that they would overwhelm Linkous, but their additions are more like putting a pretty frame around a masterpiece.

His vocals haven't changed either -- falsetto and very despairing, and even when he's doing Flaming Lips-style harmonies, he sounds despairing. The lyrics match up with this -- there's a childlike simplicity to Linkous's emotions, but they are wrapped up in poetic lyrics and peculiar imagery.

It's been five years, but Mark Linkous has not lost even a little bit of his magic touch -- in a year flooded with many wretched albums, this quietly downbeat album is a triumph.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my type of music, but.... 6 Jan 2007
By Antiquity - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This is the type of music I typically wouldn't care for. The music is electronic and airy, and the singer's voice a little too sweet and fragile for my taste. I must say, though, that the disc is very good. The songs are layered, complex, and the album unfolds nicely. After a couple of spins, I found myself really enjoying the music and the mood it creates. To me, the only negative is the 10+ minute wordless final song, with soft, dreamy melodies that would have made a nice 2-3 minute finale but don't quite keep my interest for the entire duration.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great range, dreamt on great stars 16 Dec 2006
By Otto Zappatore - Published on
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With breathtaking range, a heartfelt sensability that doesn't annoy, great ideas, lyrics and melodies, Sparklehorse strums his way into his fifth or so album, with beautiful nonchalence. But don't be decieved. This is a rich, interesting, complete album. All the trimmings. And maybe the first time since Vivadixie that he's had rendered emotions so bare.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i am happy with it 28 Nov 2006
By alexander laurence - Published on
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Sparklehorse has always been a favorite of mine. Mark Linkous has been one of the most important American songwriters in the past ten years. He put out a great album five years ago. He collaborated with many famous people. He toured for a few years. He spent some time producing records by other people. He was doing some soundtrack work. It is refreshing to hear something new by him after all these years. Right off the bat it sound simpler and stripped down. It sounds like Linkous playing most of the instruments himself. "Don't Take My Sunshine Away" has a Beatles vibe. Much of the album returns to "Dear Prudence" like arpeggios. This album is much more intimate. "Shade and Honey" sounds like a song that could have been on the previous album. But there are no studio tricks. It's mostly voice, guitar, and keyboards, and drums. I am guessing that Scott Minor is playing on this. "See The Light" has a guitar sound that simple, pure, and beautiful. "Return To Me" is like the oldest music from a warm place. "Some Sweet Day" is the only song that sounds weird and layered. Sparklehorse occasionally has a hard rocking tune like "Pig." On this album it is called "Ghost In The Sky." There is a second one called "It's Not So Hard." I noticed that this album refers to things long gone. I met Mark Linkous a few years ago. He was a real nice fellow. "Morning Hollow" sounds like one of those songs where there is nothing left to say. I like these kinds of records. These allow some much room for dreams.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light years of dreaming 27 Sep 2006
By Daniel C. McGlothlen - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Oh, heavens. Every song, every moment was worth waiting for.

True enough, I can't be subjective. I'm a huge Sparklehorse fan. But the work is gorgeous, richly-textured and eloquent. There's a majesty to Mark Linkous' lo-fi, ultra-shiny pop magic and you need to open yourself to it and to suspend your expectations. It's worth it.
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