A Last Light Before the Darkness

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The album Dark Night of the Soul  will certainly be in my top ten of best of the year. Sadly, Mark Linkous, the primary writer of this brilliant piece of moody, pop music textured with hints of electronica and whimsical folk, took his life in March of this year prior to the album’s release. Linkous is at his songwriting best here and by forming collaborations with other guest artists (The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, Director David Lynch, The Strokes’ front man Julian Casablanca, Vic Chesnutt, Suzanne Vega, and The Shins’ James Mercer, Nina Persson), including the music industry’s most in-demand producer--Danger Mouse, each song’s singer provides a fresh meditation on Linkous’ grim lyrics and buoyant songs.

Fans of this album should look into Linkous’ previous musical project Sparklehorse in addition to the work of those he collaborated with over the years including Daniel Johnston, PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, and Fennesz.


Dark Night of the Soul

Posted by Ryan Gage at 06/23/2011 02:02:01 PM | 

A fantastic album. So sad, though, for the loss of Mark Linkous.
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Posted by: Consumer Reviews ( Email ) at 10/29/2010 4:04 PM

A talented guy who always fell under the radar.

You can hear some darkness in this track and the rest of the album. Glad it finally came out for everyone to hear.
Posted by: Dan ( Email ) at 11/18/2010 10:22 PM

That's also why I am not submitting it on my main account... I feel like it's something I'd wish to keep out of the main spotlight. I technically am still working on it, but I don't think I'll ever bother to get around finishing it.
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Posted by: Riyas ( Email ) at 11/28/2010 9:24 PM

this a great album from a great talent i like it thanks i wish you good luck
Posted by: bonnes affaires ( Email ) at 6/22/2011 8:16 AM

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