It's A Wonderful Life
 
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It's A Wonderful Life

16 Aug 2001 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 16 Aug 2001
  • Release Date: 16 Aug 2001
  • Label: Capitol Records (new release)
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028.
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  • Total Length: 1:03:57
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  • ASIN: B001JJQBK4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,686 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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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
Format: Audio CD
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
Format: Audio CD
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 I. Lehnert on 12 July 2007
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Oddly enough, on a wet, dreary day wandering around Swansea University campus, Sparklehorse's third album (and personal favourite) seems optimistic, even happy. Slight contradiction really, as Mark Linkous has been repeatedly hailed as the best writer of moving, slow, and quiet, sad simple songs around. Also taking into account his random weird lyrics (I.e. "I'm the dog that ate your birthday cake", from this album's title track) and interesting song titles of course.

Even with the epic granduer that was Sparklehorse's most recent album 'Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain', it's still good to sink into reliable classics like `Sea Of Teeth' and `Gold Day', which go about their simple brilliance with hushed vocals, accompanied by even quieter strings and pianos. PJ Harvey adding her vocals to `Apple Bed' and `Piano Fire' amongst others is a great touch too. And `King Of Nails' still gets my vote for best possible single with it's whammy bar solo.

Considering its been 6 years since `It's A Wonderful Life' was released, it's a nice pleasure to work through Linkous' work and find plenty to keep you interested in his music. Musical retarded genius? Yeah, close enough.
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