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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2007
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2013
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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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2006
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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on 6 June 2014
Lots in here from someone who may be overlooked today (and is gone). I have several Sparklehorse products (incl with others such as Danger Mouse) and have yet to find a duffer. Different, ethereal at times, suddenly noisy and with lots of talented musicianship throughout.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2006
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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on 4 January 2015
Beautiful album
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