My review of this album originally ran in June of 2009 on Tampa Calling, when Dark Night Of The Soul saw its unofficial (free) digital release online due to a then-dispute with EMI. The heavy negotiations regarding its release came to a recent close (likely because of the death of Sparklehorse) and the album was officially dropped by Capitol this week. And yes, its just as good as it was when it originally came out last year, in case you were wondering Here's the aforementioned review re-posted for your reading pleasure; to listen to the album in full, check out NPR Musics First Listen page.
From the first reports of a new project by artist/producer Danger Mouse and singer/multi-instrumentalist Sparklehorse (Mark Linkous), to the freaky 16-second video revealing filmmaker David Lynchs hand in its artistic direction, to its Internet leak after the dispute with EMI turned into a permanently unresolved issue, Dark Night of the Soul has been generating a shadow-shrouded hype that reflects the albums own bewitching eeriness.
The 13 songs were written by DM and SH in collaboration with a noteworthy cast of nearly a dozen guests, who not only provided vocals but helped compose and produce their respective tracks. Each one retains its own individual feel, but all remain within Dark Nights moody boundaries and feature DMs skilled multi-layering production techniques.