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  • Audio CD (11 Jun. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005IA02
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.Comfort Me
12.Babies On The Sun

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Over the course of three gloriously dream-dazzled albums, of which the irony-free titled It's A Wonderful Life is the quietest, sleekest and--despite a relative lack of pop hooks--probably Sparklehorse's best. Mark Linkous, the boy with a toy box full of ramshackle instruments, has sweetly, solemnly staked his affinity to the entire living universe. Bees, trees, birds, frogs, rabbits, ghosts, roosters, monkeys, babies, snakes, apples, ponies, dogs, the lot; wrapped in blissful, non-species-ist wonder that would do a Buddhist proud. The added extra here--besides a steel-drenched "Comfort Me", the old-time wheeze of "Babies on the Sun", Tom Waits' gleeful fee-fi-fo-fum through "Dog Door" and PJ Harvey's metallic whip of a voice electrifying "Piano Fire" and "Eyepennies"--is the realisation why it's been so long since you heard songs of such innocence and experience. And it hits you somewhere around the line "A child who spoke in tongues and smelled like the sun": William Blake is alive and well and making music in West Virginia. --Jennifer Nine

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By edhancox@lineone.net on 11 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
In 1996 Mark Linkous (the man behind Sparklhorse) caused serious injury to himself by way of electrocution, although this didn't prevent him from appearing at that years Reading festival in a wheel chair, or producing on of the most innovative albums of that year. This album continues where Vivadixie..., Good Morning Spider, and Distorted Ghost Ep left off, and does not disappoint.
Initially Sparklehorse were championed by REM frontman Michael Stipe, but have sinced been joined by a futher number of celebrity bandwagon-jumpers. Heard here are PJ Harvey, Tom Waits and Nina Persson (Cardigans) and John Parish. Its A Wonderful Life sounds fantastic, Marks voice is perhaps more distinct, and you get swept along in a torent of crazy lyrics ("Circus People with hairy little hands!"), lush string arrangements, Lo-Fi style techniques, and a sense of melancholy.
If you like Eels, Grandaddy, and the like, this is definately worth investigating...
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jun. 2001
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Forget about the hype surrounding the new releases from Radiohead and REM (impressive as they are): the summer's must have album comes from a little known band by the name of Sparklehorse.
Sparklehorse are not really a band as such. They are, essentially, singer/songwriter Mark Linkous & Friends making music that by turns feels drowsy and intensely awake. Sadly, they have always been overlooked.
Until now that is. Cue a little help on album number three from Linkous' friends - Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Nina Persson, Dave Fridmann - and Sparklehorse may yet be rescued from obscurity.
This album is a curious blend of country and rock. The trademark growl of Waits on the thumpy Dog Door, and Harvey's static-electric vocals on the radio-friendly Piano Fire, are obvious highlights.
Polly Harvey shows again on Eyepennies - a gorgeous piano melody. The blaring King of Nails is in contrast to its predecessor, Apple Bed, in which Linkous sings sadistically like a man possessed.
Linkous' dark, poetic lyrics and unmistakable sound have earned Sparklehorse lots of friends in the music industry. It can only be a matter of time before the record-buying public click on.
If any band deserves attention, it's Sparklehorse. A fragile genius, mainman Linkous has created an album like no other this year. On those grounds alone you should add it to your collection.
Gary Flockhart, Scotland Online
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun. 2001
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Sparklehorse return after a long hiatus following 1998's classic 'Good Morning Spider', an album which forever cemented their reputation as the frazzled kings of Alt Country and assured their place in the hearts of the lo-fi nation. While this new joint ain't really that much of a departure from the previous two records, the mood is certainly more relaxed and optimistic - avoiding the intense, almost opressive aura of before. This probably has a lot to do with Linkous being clean for the recording, the opening and closing lullabies of 'Its a Wonderful Life' and 'Babies on the Sun' recall the parallel approach of 'vivadixie...', capturing the melancholy sensibility and pathos of before but with more pronounced hope. Elsewhere on the album Linkous introduces a host of collaborators into the fray with the likes of Nina Perrson (Cardigans), PJ Harvey, and Tom Waits contributing vocals and in Waits case (on the neurotic, beck-like 'Dog Door') co-writing credits. If you are expecting a change of musical direction from Linkous on this record, you will be disappointed, however if you are still spellbound by the lush melancholy, fractured melody, and the vuneranable, heartbreaking, yet inevitably joyful tracts of Linkous' lyrical spells, or if you are curious and willing to sample something a bit leftfield of the established indie/alternative axis, then lap it up and feel the pain (birds).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 April 2002
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I went out on a limb and bought this based on great reviews and mentions of Mercury Rev (Dave Fridmann production) influences. I was rewarded, it's sensational but more Neil Young (More Yellow Birds) than the Rev (Gold Day). Gold Day is wonderful, Piano Fire is a favourite and would make a great single. Apple Bed and Eyepennies are the choice ballads.
Melancholic but inspiring. You can really lose yourself in this. I give four stars as I have heard better albums, just not that many. I'm off to catch up and get hold of Linkous' back catalogue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun. 2001
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Being a big Sparklehorse fan, I was expecting this album to be excellent. I was certainly more than satisfied. What the listener can expect to hear is yet another eclectic mix of back-to-basics pop genius, namely in "Comfort Me" and "Apple Bed", but the lo-fi surrealism of "Gold day" and "Babies in the sun" may come as a bit of a shock. The Sparklehorse sound is pushed to it's limits, but that was the whole reason behind Mark Linkous' brilliance - he always knows just how far he can push the sound - how far he has to take it in order to achieve perfection. So, quelle surprise, this album is another wonderful LP. Other bands could do well to follow Linkous' example.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By coffpot@aol.com on 17 Aug. 2001
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Mark Linkous has been acclaimed as one of the most innovative writers in rock at the moment, and, on the evidence of this lp, not without some merit. A unique sound and gift for melody makes the album stand out from the majority of coldplay-by-numbers slower rock bands on the scene, and the record is at times, quite thought provoking with its choice of production. Most notable, though, is the album's ability to convert any mood you might be in, to throat-slitting depression. The simple, melancholy beauty of songs like eyepennies, is admirable, even if the lo-fidelity sometimes grates. A slightly weaker start to the album, and a hint of repetition in the middle, notable songs 4, 5 and 7, are criticism that could fairly be levelled. However, any record this beautiful is certainly worth a listen. In short, music to jump off cliffs to, but with a precociously aesthetic melancholy.
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