- Acclaimed Flop: Every album.
- Author Existence Failure: When Linkous died, he left Sparklehorse's fifth album in a state of near-completion. It has not yet seen release and it's unlikely that it will for some time.
- Development Hell/Executive Meddling: It took a whole year to release Dark Night of the Soul due to an incredible copyright issue with EMI Records, the reason for ever existing in the first place of which was never actually explained. In the meantime, the album leaked in full, and its producer, Danger Mouse, had an interesting way of dealing with the copyright situation: The album was intended to be accompanied by a book of photographs by David Lynch that were inspired by the music, so he started selling the photo book with a blank cd inside, with the disclaimer "For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will"
- No-Hit Wonder: Not one single released from any album in Mark's entire career, despite critical acclaim.
Trivia / Sparklehorse