Sparklehorse is essentially frontman Mark Linkous. He operated under the band name Sparklehorse from his debut album in 1995 until his self-inflicted death in 2010. The cover of this compilation has his face faded into it along with some murky faded trees that reminded me of Sparklehorse’s music.
It is important to say the first track “Happy Man” is not the version on the album Good Morning Spider, it is front he Distorted Ghost EP because that version has less fading in and out and in my opinion is better. Only one track is featured from Dark Night Of The Soul because it is all guest vocalists but this song seemed a fitting way to end the compilation. Other than that the album splits Sparklehorse’s catalog fairly evenly. Maybe a little heavy on Good Morning Spider but it is my favorite album by the band.
And… In the fish tank?
In The Fishtank is interesting. There are a couple reasons I didn’t put any songs on the compilation from it. 4 of the 7 songs clock in at over 5 minutes which takes up a lot of time on the disc, it is largely instrumental and I never really got into it. It is interesting but I felt none of the songs were worthy of putting on a “best of” disc.
If you put one on, what would it be? I’d be glad to reconsider.