Insane Lullaby (feat. James Mercer)
Label: Parlophone UK
This album has all kinds of ghosts in its wake. Before its official release in 2010, a label dispute kept it off shelves, and, tragically, both Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) and guest Vic Chesnutt took their own lives. Linkous, as talented as he was insecure, wrote the songs with Danger Mouse, but didn't feel comfortable singing them. Thus a cast of indie elite (and director David Lynch) offered up vocals. The set is as haunting and ominous as its back-story, but it's never without a subtle upbeat grace, a quality unique to Linkous' songwriting, and one that each vocalist is careful to uphold.