With all the famous folk found on the third-time's-the-charm longplayer for Sparklehorse, it's funny that the album's finest audio comes when head 'horse honcho Mark Linkous is at the helm. Forget the presence of studio-duking dudes like John Parish, Adrian Utley and Dave Fridmann and, oh, please, forget the terrible turn by Tom Waits. It's when Linkous is off in his hallucinatory own little world that things get really enveloping, like amidst the vinyl crackles, radio mic-tone, and optigan and chamberlin drones on the title-track opener, softly stepping through the quietest new-morning sun (replete with both bird twitters and crappy Grandaddy-styled burbles). Or on the two slow-and-cuddling sweetheart acoustic-strummed odes "Apple Bed" and "Little Fat Baby," which find him dulcetly duetting with Nina Persson and Sophie Michelitsianos respectively. Speaking of duetting, a notable b/v turn comes in the form of possibly the most noted human in the album's veritable parade of them Polly Jean Harvey, who adds her captivating croon to a maudlin minor-key piano ballad called "Eyepennies," her voice seeming even more deep and strong when entwining with Linkous' dying-breath whisper.