“Dark Night Of The Soul” (Joint Review)

I believe that Danger Mouse is the premiere producer for the naughties. He’s produced some of my favourite albums and every time he has found a new way, or approach rather, to recording a band. Beck’s ‘Modern Guilt’ and The Black Keys’ ‘Attack and Release’ were great examples of this, Danger Mouse brang a new way of writing and the songs seemed fresh and modern.

With his new collaboration, he has further cemented in my mind, why he’s the best producer in the world at the moment.


Dangermouse And Sparklehorse - "Dark Night Of The Soul"

Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse - "Dark Night Of The Soul"


The featured artists on this CD are amazing and if you’re just looking at the track-listing then I think you’re going to go into this album with a lot of enthusiasm. The album includes Iggy Pop, Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), Black Francis (The Pixies), Jame Mercer (The Shins) and Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) just to name a few of the featured vocalists.

I’d love to say I absolutely loved this album, but I didn’t really, it was wonderfully produced, but sometimes the songs weren’t “up to standard”. For me, this was the most prominent with the song ‘Angel’s Harp’ which features Black Francis, the vocals are amazing the songs fairly well constructed, but the drums are just too simple and generic.

One of the better songs is ‘Little Girl’ which features Julian Casablancas, it’s a song that could easily be a Strokes song, but I am a big fan of his vocal style and voice, so I might be a little biased.

The factor that saves this album from a pile of average CD’s, is the fact that the album has some amazing featured vocalists, and while we may be saying that it’s ordinary at best by the end of the album if it was lacking the vocalists, I think that’s far from what people will be saying about the album.

As a whole album it doesn’t really work for me, as a collection of songs, it does. And I think that’s the way you’ve got to approach this, see it as a compilation album, and I assure you you’ll get something out of the album.

At best it’s an album that showcases the the best producer in the world along with some of the best rock vocalists in the world. At worst it’s an album that struggles to find it way towards a singular objective.

I’d recommend this album just for one simple reason, it shows everybody how a song should be produced, and in an age where anybody can produce a song on their laptop, it’s an lesson that should be taught.


~ by Michael Hodder on May 17, 2009.

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