It's a Wonderful Life

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  • Summary: This is the third album for Mark Linkous and Sparklehorse.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. This time, the music is even more haunted. The brittle keyboards and violins make for the sound of an Appalachian funeral. It's the O Brother, Where Art Thou? for the modern death-obsessed introvert.
  2. 90
    A reaffirming celebration of small details.
  3. It's a noticeably more focused effort. Though it lacks Good Morning Spider's sprawling brilliance, it's possibly Linkous' most effective, and affecting, collection of songs.
  4. Essentially, 'It's A Wonderful Life', is an equally brilliant and perhaps more cohesive album, mixing an arcane guitar, string and keyboard based atmospheric tilt, with more fast-action, barrelling moments.
  5. The most focused Sparklehorse effort yet, the album flows along with the grace of a river occasionally stirred by a rapid or two.
  6. These 13 dusky ditties almost always enchant.
  7. Spin
    60
    It's a Wonderful Life comes off like a Magical Soft Mystery Bulletin. Yet, those iridescent orchestrations seem to be covering for the underdeveloped dirges that dominate the album. [Oct 2001, p.127]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. KellyW
    Apr 29, 2005
    10
    Beautiful and delicate, yet dark and frightening. A absolute must for fans of Radiohead and Modest Mouse.
  2. wonkwonkle
    Oct 19, 2001
    9
    Meet it halfway -- you'll love it
  3. JohnnyComelately
    Jan 26, 2004
    9
    One of the best albums of recent years. Absolutely beautiful to listen to. It is an very mellow and somewhat dark album but it will sonically One of the best albums of recent years. Absolutely beautiful to listen to. It is an very mellow and somewhat dark album but it will sonically deliver, in abundance, to the willing listener. Radiohead did not personally ask Sparklehorse to be their European opening act for nothing. David Fridman's production perfectly brings out the haunting artistry of Mark L. Total ear candy. Expand
  4. TimS
    Sep 24, 2005
    9
    i love this album more than i love my girlfriend.the lyrics are like some kind of poetry written in a forest about a hundred years ago.
  5. AdamP.
    Sep 21, 2001
    8
    Never buy Spin magazine ever. Or Blender for that matter.