After overcoming a lenghty legal dispute over the album’s release, Dark Night Of The Soul is finally out for UK listening. Producer Dangermouse, most famously known for being one half of the experimental pop duo Gnarls Barkley has teamed up with alternative rock band Sparklehorse to produce a haunting and epic listen. To top that off is cult hero filmkaker David Lynch’s eerie artwork to accompany the LP and an impressive line-up of guest vocals. All these components fused together on one project equals a journey of mystery and major tripping.
Metaphorically speaking the album’s title represents a spiritual state of loneliness, front man of Sparklehorse Mark Linkous admitted to having personal problems, enduring a heavy period of drug abuse taking up his life ealier this year. You can’t help but feel a sense of heartache after a listen to this album. ‘Revenge’, featuring the vocals of Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips commences the heart wrenching journey, with some graphic lyrics you already begin to get a sense of how the rest of the album will follow. Highlights are ‘Everytime I’m With You’ and ‘Jaykub’ uniting soft folk alternative melodies with the raspy vocals of Jason Lytle. Another gem is ‘Man Who Played God’ featuring lead vocals by Susanne Vega.
Track by track Dangermouse and Sparklehorse encompass a pallet of emotions ranging from pain to desolation, and you can’t help but think how beautifully haunting the outcome is. You would have to be made of stone to not be affected by melodies and troubled vocals on this album.
Linkous only ever features on one song on the album yet you feel he is a potent force throughout, and it is Sparklehorse who make the biggest impact on the project. The journey from start to finish is bitter sweet, uplifting then heartbreaking, ending with Lynch on guest vocals of ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’ the most powerful track on the album, take a listen and you will understand. To put it simply, Dark Night Of The Soul is tragic, but poignant all the while.
From Gemma Suyat.