Music this week

In this album,pain,regret,madness,even joy are explored with a sound that seems to reach somewhere deep inside.

Written by Pooja Pillai | Published: September 11, 2010 11:40:55 pm

Dark Night of the Soul

Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse

EMI

Rs 395,rating: ****

In this album,pain,regret,madness,even joy are explored with a sound that seems to reach somewhere deep inside. Considering that director David Lynch was an active collaborator on this project,it’s no wonder that the whole collection is shot through with surreal sounds. There’s a fairly impressive list of guest artistes,including Iggy Pop,The Flaming Lips and Nina Persson of The Cardigans.

The album’s name is of interest as well,thought of by Brian Joseph Burton (Danger Mouse) and Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse). The original Dark Night of the Soul is a poem written by 16th century Spanish mystic,Saint John of the Cross. He used the phrase to describe the spiritual crisis that many people encounter during their search for God. Such a crisis of faith was not unknown to Linkous either — the Sparklehorse frontman had long struggled with depression,before he took his own life early this year. The liner notes of the album dedicate it to him,and as one listens to the music,it’s quite clear why. The album kicks off with the eerie Revenge,with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips lending a great deal of heart to words like “In my mind/I have shot you and stabbed you through your heart/I just didn’t understand/ that the ricochet is the second part”.

Another great track is effectively discordant Insane Lullaby,featuring James Mercer. The two songs featuring Lynch—Dark Night of the Soul and Star Eyes— are quite effective too ,with Lynch speaking the words rather than singing. With bells and harps and echoes,the songs make quite an impact. pooja.pillai@expressindia.com

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