June 2, 2009

Return to Dark Night of the Soul

I spoke last week a little about the ongoing label dispute that is going to preclude a proper release for the phenomenal Dark Night of the Soul. Now I would like to touch on the music. While still managing to make a cohesive album that conforms to their vision, Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse mold each song to fit the style of its guest vocalist. Insane Lullaby featuring James Mercer of the Shins sounds like a twisted Chutes Too Narrow track, while on Little Girl one instantly recognizes Strokes-esque guitars. More than simply the vocals, Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse are so fluent in their craft that they can apply their dark, creaky (but fun) vision to a variety of different song structures and overal feelings. Tracks range from dark folk to pop, but the album's finale Dark Night of the Soul is a terrifyingly languid piano dirge featuring David Lynch (!) on vocals as well. While differing enough to continually entertain, Dark Night of the Soul manages to become a cohesive opus that reveals it true purpose through its final, massive track. Get this album if you can.

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Little Girl (YSI) (filesavr)
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Insane Lullaby (YSI) (filesavr)
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul (YSI) (filesavr)

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