Although featurettes have a cunning way of slipping old veterans back to the spotlight or pocketing young guns into a producer’s portfolio, the album Dark Night of the Soul defines a way that both young and old can idolize the grizzled pains of a black heart. Brian Burton a.k.a Danger Mouse has made incredible strides in the past producing some great albums such as both Black Keys albums Brothers and Attack & Release, Beck’s Modern Guilt, Goriallaz Demon Days, and many others. But at this junction for purity, the overwhelming hardships of his past, present, and future come to remind us of the harsh reality of a lonely life, at the price of losing his best friend.
Sparklehorse a.k.a Mark Linkous was a good friend of Brian Burton and produced many of the tracks heard on the album. After some painful months of depression pouring his heart into his lyrics and music for this album, he committed suicide a few months before the release of the album. The album is not only a tribute, but the trials and tribulations of the young musician going through the depths of hell to seek out retribution.
The album begins with “Revenge” banging out on some soft distorted bells with the scaring vocals of Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coyne in a disgruntled dirge to lure satisfied ears. What gets me in the mood for this album is the first words I hear
“Pain…. I guess it’s a matter of sensation” – Wayne Coyne
After hearing this the epic track takes on a life of it’s own as one of the better tracks. The featured artists include the likes of David Lynch, Iggy pop, Julian Casablancas, and Vic Chestnut wrapped neatly into one jointly felt minor chord ceremony.
Although the album has a very somber attitude and isn’t exactly going to be played at your best friend’s wedding, there are a few gems that avoid this creation off the do not play list. “Star Eyes” will capture any cinematographer’s imagination with its distorted vocal nuance dropped in with a dash of quintet in the background. “Jaykub” and “Every time I’m with you” are excellent drowsy songs guaranteed to give you feeling that going fast in a car is all too slow. “Little girl” might as well be a track right out of Phrazes of the Young by Julian Casablancas.
Overall, if you need music to make you even feel worse than you already do this is probably for you. I still love Danger Mouse and all his efforts, but this album isn’t a great moment for him.
Revenge (ft. Flaming Lips) – Seriously sad. Don’t ask about the pictures cause I don’t know.