In addition to Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, other artists appearing on Dark Night of the Soul include James Mercer of The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Frank Black of the Pixies, Iggy Pop, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Suzanne Vega, Vic Chesnutt, David Lynch, and Scott Spillane of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Gerbils.Much more interesting and likely to hit many year-end lists. I've only had a chance to listen to The Flaming Lips' Revenge and it was quite good.
Oh, and if the diversity of the music isn't enough for you, the packaging will include an exclusive book of photos taken by David Lynch.
I've listened to the album all the way through at least a dozen times, and can confirm that Dark Night of the Soul delivers in every way you'd hope for. It's beautiful but haunting, surreal and dark, but sometimes comical and affecting, with ear-popping, multilayered production work. It just gets more mesmerizing with every listen.NPR is quickly becoming one of the finest music destinations on the web. Dark Night of the Soul doesn't come out until July but you can hear the album in its entirety at NPR.org. Amazing.