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2010: 15 of the Best. #2 . . .

December 16, 2010

#2: Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse – Just War (feat. Gruff Rhys)

From: Dark Night of the Soul
Released: July 12, 2010
Label: Capitol/EMI
Buy it: Here.

Dark Night of the Soul, which was conceived not so much as an album, but more of an art project that involved corresponding visuals by David Lynch, a who’s-who of collaborators (Frank Black, Iggy Pop, Wayne Coyne and Julian Casablancas among them), and finely tuned collaboration between Danger Mouse and Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse. A leaked version of the album appeared in 2009 when it looked as though a legal wrangle with Capitol/EMI might permanently leave the album on the shelves, but following Linkous’ tragic suicide earlier this year, the album got its proper release. For as busy as the album is, it’s a surprisingly cohesive and extremely listenable set of songs, but the far and away best moment bats in the #2 spot when lead Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys takes vocal duties for the heartbreaking “Just War.” It comes off like a cousin to one of the Furries’ finest moments, “It’s Not the End of the World?” and features all the gorgeous melody and affected singing you’d expect from Mr. Rhys. Something about the line “You said it wouldn’t hurt” just seemed to resonate all the more given this album’s history and that of one of its primary architects. Simply beautiful.

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