- Audio CD (23 April 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Capitol/EMI
- ASIN: B000GLKP9Y
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain CD
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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 lingermuch like the 53 minutes that are Mark Linkous' latest comeback. --Scott Holter
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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!
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).
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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