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Dark Night of The Soul

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse

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Though Dark Night of the Soul -- a collaboration featuring songs written and produced by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous accompanied by David Lynch's photography -- was supposed to come out in 2009, a legal dispute between Danger Mouse and EMI delayed its release by over a year. By the time Dark Night officially saw the light of day, Linkous and another of the project’s players, singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt, were dead. This could have cast a morbid shadow over the entire enterprise, but at its best, the album is a tribute to the collaborative spirit of everyone involved. After working with Danger Mouse on Sparklehorse's 2006 album Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain, Linkous reunited with the producer to work on a set of songs that he didn’t feel comfortable singing himself, so they recruited an A-list crew of singers to provide vocals and lyrics. While all the guest performers give a lot of themselves -- you can hear the genesis of Broken Bells in James Mercer's “Insane Lullaby” and Suzanne Vega's “Man Who Played God” is as breezily bittersweet as one of her own songs -- the melodies are indelibly Linkous'. Even with other people’s words on top of them, they’re alternately plaintive and whimsical, raging against an engulfing darkness or laughing at it all. Dark Night of the Soul's best moments feature artists most attuned to Linkous’ vibe: Wayne Coyne's “Revenge” is an inspired fusion of Linkous’ dead-of-night ballads and the Flaming Lips’ philosophizing (“Once we become the things we dread/There’s no way to stop”). Grandaddy's Jason Lytle is a perfect match for the fragile, spacy Americana of “Jaykub” and "Everytime I’m with You” and Chesnutt -- perhaps Linkous' most kindred spirit here -- heightens Sparklehorse's occasional Southern Gothic bleakness on the nightmarish waltz “Grim Augury.” Meanwhile, Lynch's “Star Eyes (I Can’t Catch It)" is a beautiful and unexpected highlight, his Midwestern drawl providing a poignant contrast to his abstract lyrics. Linkous takes the lead on only one track here, the deceptively gentle “Daddy’s Gone,” where he sings “Don’t delay/Because people decay.” Despite the delay, Dark Night of the Soul shows what a talent and what a generous collaborator we lost in Mark Linkous.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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1
Revenge (feat. The Flaming Lips)
The Flaming Lips
00:04:54

Steven Drozd, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Organ, Programmer, Vocals, Synthesizer - Wayne Coyne, Composer, Vocals - Brian Burton, Composer, Mixer, Synthesizer, Wurlitzer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mark Linkous, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Bass - Mike Laza, Mixer - Alyssa Pittaluga, Mixer - The Sonus Quartet, Strings - Anton Riehl, Musicians, Miscellaneous - Danger Mouse , Producer, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Sparklehorse, Mixer, MainArtist, Second Vocals - The Flaming Lips, FeaturedArtist - Kennie Takahashi, Mixer, Engineer - Todd Monfalcone, Mixer, Engineer - Daniele Luppi, Arranger, Strings - Steve Nistor, Wurlitzer

© 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Just War (feat. Gruff Rhys)
Gruff Rhys
00:03:44

Gruff Rhys, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist - James Mercer, Vocals - Brian Burton, Composer, Organ, Programmer, Synthesizer, Wurlitzer - Mark Linkous, Composer, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Tabla - The Sonus Quartet, Strings - Anton Riehl, Musicians, Miscellaneous - Sir Doufous Styles, Additional Engineer - Danger Mouse , Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Sparklehorse, Mixer, MainArtist, Second Vocals - Daniele Luppi, Arranger, Strings - Steve Nistor, Drums, Percussion, Wurlitzer - Money Mark, Piano

© 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Jaykub (feat. Jason Lytle)
Danger Mouse
00:03:52

Brian Burton, Composer, Mixer, Piano, Performance, Synthesizer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mark Linkous, Composer, Mixer, Engineer, Guitar - Mike Laza, Mixer - Alyssa Pittaluga, Mixer - The Sonus Quartet, Strings - Anton Riehl, Musicians, Miscellaneous - Danger Mouse , MainArtist - Sparklehorse, MainArtist, Second Vocals - Kennie Takahashi, Mixer, Engineer - Todd Monfalcone, Mixer, Engineer - Daniele Luppi, Arranger, Strings - Steve Nistor, Drums, Percussion - Jason Lytle, Composer, Engineer, Guitar, Programmer, FeaturedArtist - Dangermouse, Lead Vocals

© 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Little Girl (feat. Julian Casablancas)
Danger Mouse
00:04:32

Julian Casablancas, Composer, Guitar, FeaturedArtist - Brian Burton, Composer, Performance - Mark Linkous, Composer, Guitar, Programmer, Synthesizer - Tom Gardner, Engineer - Danger Mouse , Programmer, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Sparklehorse, MainArtist, Second Vocals - Dangermouse, Programmer, Lead Vocals, Synthesizer

© 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Angel's Harp (feat. Black Francis)
Danger Mouse
00:02:55

Black Francis, Composer, Backing Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Brian Burton, Composer - Stephen Marcussen, Masterer - Mark Linkous, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Mike Laza, Mixer - Alyssa Pittaluga, Mixer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Programmer, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Sparklehorse, MainArtist, Second Vocals - Kennie Takahashi, Mixer - Danielle Luppi, Keyboards - Todd Monfalcon, Mixer - Jason Carter, Additional Engineer - Dangermouse, Lead Vocals - Stve Nistor, Drums

© 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Pain (feat. Iggy Pop)
Iggy Pop
00:02:51

Brian Burton, Composer - Iggy Pop, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Stephen Marcussen, Masterer - Mark Linkous, Composer, Mixer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass - Alyssa Pittaluga, Mixer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Lead Vocals, Synthesizer, Mellotron, MainArtist - Sparklehorse, MainArtist, Second Vocals - Kennie Takahashi, Mixer - Todd Monfalcon, Additional Mixer - Nathan Larson, Guitar - Hart Gunther, Additional Engineer

© 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Star Eyes (I Can't Catch It) [feat. David Lynch]
Danger Mouse
00:03:10

Brian Burton, Composer - David Lynch, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Stephen Marcussen, Masterer - Mark Linkous, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Programmer - Mike Laza, Assistant Mix Engineer - Alyssa Pittaluga, Assistant Mix Engineer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Programmer, Bass, MainArtist - Sparklehorse, MainArtist, Second Vocals - Kennie Takahashi, Mixer - Todd Monfalcon, Assistant Mix Engineer - Dangermouse, Lead Vocals - Dean Hurley, Additional Engineer - Sonus Quartet, Strings

© 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Everytime I'm with You (feat. Jason Lytle)
Danger Mouse
00:03:11

Brian Burton, Composer - Stephen Marcussen, Masterer - Mark Linkous, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Electric Guitar, Organ, Bass - Mike Laza, Assistant Mix Engineer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Mixer, Synthesizer, Wurlitzer, MainArtist - Sparklehorse, MainArtist, Second Vocals - Kennie Takahashi, Mixer - Steve Nistor, Drums - Jason Lytle, Composer, Additional Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Synthesizer, FeaturedArtist - Todd Monfalcon, Assistant Mix Engineer - Dangermouse, Lead Vocals

© 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Insane Lullaby (feat. James Mercer)
Danger Mouse
00:03:10

James Mercer, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Brian Burton, Composer - Stephen Marcussen, Masterer - Mark Linkous, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Vocals, Backing Vocals - Mike Laza, Assistant Mix Engineer - Alyssa Pittaluga, Assistant Mix Engineer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Bass, Wurlitzer, MainArtist - Sparklehorse, MainArtist, Second Vocals - Kennie Takahashi, Mixer - Danielle Luppi, Programmer - Todd Monfalcon, Assistant Mix Engineer - Dangermouse, Lead Vocals - Sonus Quartet, Strings

© 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Daddy's Gone (feat. Mark Linkous & Nina Persson)
Danger Mouse
00:03:08

Nina Persson, Backing Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Brian Burton, Composer - Stephen Marcussen, Masterer - Mark Linkous, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Bass, FeaturedArtist - Mike Laza, Mixer - Danger Mouse , Mixer, Piano, Programmer, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Sparklehorse, Vocals, MainArtist - Kennie Takahashi, Mixer - Todd Monfalcone, Mixer - Steve Nistor, Drums - Dangermouse, Lead Vocals - Sonus Quartet, Strings

© 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
The Man Who Played God (feat. Suzanne Vega)
Danger Mouse
00:03:09

Brian Burton, Composer - Stephen Marcussen, Masterer - Mark Linkous, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Programmer - Mike Laza, Mixer - Alyssa Pittaluga, Mixer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Mixer, Organ, Programmer, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Sparklehorse, MainArtist, Second Vocals - Kennie Takahashi, Mixer - Todd Monfalcone, Mixer - Suzanne Vega, Composer, Backing Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Britt Myers, Additional Engineer - Dangermouse, Lead Vocals

© 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Grim Augury (feat. Vic Chesnutt)
Danger Mouse
00:02:31

Vic Chesnutt, Composer, Additional Engineer, FeaturedArtist - Brian Burton, Composer - Stephen Marcussen, Masterer - Mark Linkous, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Organ - Mike Laza, Mixer - Alyssa Pittaluga, Mixer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Mixer, Drums, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Sparklehorse, MainArtist, Second Vocals - Kennie Takahashi, Mixer - Todd Monfalcone, Mixer - Dangermouse, Lead Vocals

© 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Dark Night of the Soul (feat. David Lynch)
Danger Mouse
00:04:40

Brian Burton, Composer - David Lynch, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, FeaturedArtist, Sound Effects (SFX) - Stephen Marcussen, Masterer - Mark Linkous, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Organ, Sound Effects (SFX) - Mike Laza, Mixer - Alyssa Pittaluga, Mixer - Danger Mouse , Producer, Mixer, Synthesizer, Wurlitzer, MainArtist - Sparklehorse, MainArtist, Second Vocals - Kennie Takahashi, Mixer - Todd Monfalcone, Mixer - Dangermouse, Lead Vocals - Dean Hurley, Drums, Electric Guitar, Organ, Percussion - Scott Spillane, Horn - Bill Doss, Additional Engineer

© 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

Though Dark Night of the Soul -- a collaboration featuring songs written and produced by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous accompanied by David Lynch's photography -- was supposed to come out in 2009, a legal dispute between Danger Mouse and EMI delayed its release by over a year. By the time Dark Night officially saw the light of day, Linkous and another of the project’s players, singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt, were dead. This could have cast a morbid shadow over the entire enterprise, but at its best, the album is a tribute to the collaborative spirit of everyone involved. After working with Danger Mouse on Sparklehorse's 2006 album Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain, Linkous reunited with the producer to work on a set of songs that he didn’t feel comfortable singing himself, so they recruited an A-list crew of singers to provide vocals and lyrics. While all the guest performers give a lot of themselves -- you can hear the genesis of Broken Bells in James Mercer's “Insane Lullaby” and Suzanne Vega's “Man Who Played God” is as breezily bittersweet as one of her own songs -- the melodies are indelibly Linkous'. Even with other people’s words on top of them, they’re alternately plaintive and whimsical, raging against an engulfing darkness or laughing at it all. Dark Night of the Soul's best moments feature artists most attuned to Linkous’ vibe: Wayne Coyne's “Revenge” is an inspired fusion of Linkous’ dead-of-night ballads and the Flaming Lips’ philosophizing (“Once we become the things we dread/There’s no way to stop”). Grandaddy's Jason Lytle is a perfect match for the fragile, spacy Americana of “Jaykub” and "Everytime I’m with You” and Chesnutt -- perhaps Linkous' most kindred spirit here -- heightens Sparklehorse's occasional Southern Gothic bleakness on the nightmarish waltz “Grim Augury.” Meanwhile, Lynch's “Star Eyes (I Can’t Catch It)" is a beautiful and unexpected highlight, his Midwestern drawl providing a poignant contrast to his abstract lyrics. Linkous takes the lead on only one track here, the deceptively gentle “Daddy’s Gone,” where he sings “Don’t delay/Because people decay.” Despite the delay, Dark Night of the Soul shows what a talent and what a generous collaborator we lost in Mark Linkous.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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