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If it isn't broke, and all of your best friends are hip musicians, don't fix it?
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).