In 2007, then-Baltimore Sun music critic Rashod Ollison wrote this profile of Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous (pictured).
The piece is pretty sad, given Linkous' recent suicide.
In hindsight, even the headline is chilling: Return from the dark side
This passage, which comes at the end of the story, is particularly depressing ...
But for every delicate number, there's a searing rocker such as "Ghost in the Sky." The album - whose title was concocted from an old beat poet trick of writing words on paper and rearranging them - buzzes with serene atmospherics. But beyond the pretty noises are well-crafted songs that in subtle ways convey Linkous' growing optimism about life.
He says, "You always have to keep an element of light in there somewhere."
Rest in peace, Mark.
(Photo of Mark Linkous from 2007 by Timothy Saccenti)