Spoon - Well-Alright
"Well-Alright" sounds like classic, old school Spoon, with it's thumpin', toe-tappin' bassline and Britt Daniel's jerky vocal delivery. This easily makes it one of Dark Was The Night's most fun songs. On the compilation, it follows Sufjan Steven's 10 minute epic "You Are The Blood." I've never thought of using Spoon as a pallet cleanser, but the DwtN people did and it worked out pretty great. Listen to "Well-Alright" below:
Arcade Fire - Lenin
If you're an avid Arcade Fire fan like myself, I know you're just dying to hear anything new from this band. They're currently working on a follow-up to my favorite album os 2007, Neon Bible. Unfortunately, the song they recorded for Dark Was The Night, "Lenin," fails to impress. Although, it sounds less like Neon Bible and more like Funeral (it actually reminds me of "Wake Up" a lot), the song doesn't ever really unravel into a beautiful ode to morality, the way Arcade Fire songs usually do.
Bon Iver - Brackett, WI
As far as I can tell, Bon Iver has been the only band that has released anything in 2009 worthy of a kicking Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion-ass, well save for the Heartless Bastards, maybe. The thing is, Bon Iver only released a four-song EP. Maybe if we include the 2 songs the original Bon Iver recorded for DwtN, we might be able to pass the two works as an album and call it album of the year. Ok, I might be getting ahead of myself here. Basically, "Brackett, WI" is uh-mazing and I can't stop listening to it. The whole compilation is worth buying just for this song alone.
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