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Blues Funeral

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Blues Funeral is the first Mark Lanegan Band album since 2004's Bubblegum.

It was recorded in Hollywood, California by Alain Johannes at his 11ad studio. The music was played by Johannes and Jack Irons with appearances from Greg Dulli, Josh Homme et al.

Mark Lanegan has sung with Screaming Trees, Queens Of the Stone Age, The Twilight Singers, The Gutter Twins, Soulsavers and Isobel Campbell.


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  • Audio CD (February 7, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad Records
  • ASIN: B006CC0YB0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Greg Jarvis on February 7, 2012
Format: Audio CD
...and I'm only once through it. I'll keep this short & sweet. If you're a fan of Lanegan/the Trees, you know who you are. IGNORE, repeat ignore, the apathetic Pitchfork review, or whatever other hipster nonsense you may stumble across on the fabled ol' interwebs. This is spectacular. It's like a culmination of everything Lanegan's ever done, kinda like Tom Waits' latest was like a run through of everything he'd ever tried all on one album. Blues Funeral has everything you loved from the Trees days, everything from Bubblegum, everything from Scraps...you get the picture. His voice, his ultimate instrument, gets richer with each passing year, and these songs really stick. They are instantly memorable, they pack a punch; they are, to quote a review of something I read years ago, I can't remember what, a case of instant-just-can't-get-enough. There's even some freaky 80's style new wave thrown in. It's Mark's most confident and intoxicating work in years; that's saying something indeed. If you're a fan, don't hesitate. Just dive in. You'll thank me for it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Wilkie on February 7, 2012
Format: Audio CD
With this album Mark Lanegan treads new ground, but the album is unmistakably a Mark Lanegan album. His trademark gorgeous voice is in top form, sounding better than ever, perhaps as a result from his quitting smoking. The vocals on "St. Louis Elegy" send chills down my spine every time I hear it. Lyrically the album covers familiar ground as well, with imagery of birds, flowers, and of course the usual coverage of dark subject matter and bleak mood you would expect from Mark. The newness of the album comes from the electronic instrumentation, which was featured but not predominant in Bubblegum, but is heavy on this album. I definitely see the influence of his time with the Soulsavers, so fans of that project should love this as well. But the album does not rely only on electronic sound; the blues is still there on songs like "Bleeding Muddy Water", "St. Louis Elegy" and "Phantasmagoria Blues", and "Riot In My House" and "Quiver Syndrome" rock as hard as "Sideways In Reverse" or "Driving Death Valley Blues" from Bubblegum. "Grey Goes Black" even seems reminiscent of the early Screaming Trees records. But heavily electronic songs like "Harborview Hospital", "Tiny Grain of Truth", and "Ode to Sad Disco" are equally as beautiful and addictive. All of these various sounds and influences flow seamlessly though, creating a cohesive album where each song is strong individually, but when listened all the way through in order it becomes something greater, like any great album should do. I'd say Mark's jump into new territory paid off, as this is a brilliant and beautiful album that I will be listening to non-stop for quite a while.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Luke on February 7, 2012
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Blues Funeral is the first Mark Lanegan solo album since 2004's critically acclaimed Bubblegum. Despite a lengthy break Lanegan's prolific work rate has been in full force, with guest spots and collaborations with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Isobel Campbell, the Gutter Twins, Soulsavers and Bomb the Bass. Blues Funeral is an equally familiar and surprising evolution in Lanegan's remarkable, if still underappreciated solo career. Lanegan is in fine form and his vocals seem to get better with age; a rich, world-weary growl with stunning control and depth. His fruitful artistic endeavours are reflected throughout Blues Funeral, unearthing some of his most adventurous song-writing amidst an impressive cast of contributors. Guests include Jack Irons, Chris Goss, Greg Dulli and multi-instrumentalist and production wizard Alain Johannes who rubber stamps Lanegan's superb arrangements with warm, textured production.

The biggest surprise is the increased integration of electronic textures and synth-pop influence. This works particularly well on the mesmerising 'Ode to Sad Disco' and the darkly upbeat `Harborview Hospital'. Elsewhere Lanegan delves into more familiar territory on the brooding, bluesy balladry of `Phantasmagoria Blues' and the sublime `St Louis Elegy'. `Riot in my House' is a delightfully raucous rocker with an inspired guest appearance by guitarist Joshua Homme. `Quiver Syndrome' follows a similarly rockier path, while `Gray goes Black' is shady pop-rock brilliance. The varied instrumentation and rich dynamics are complimented by an inspired collection of genuinely memorable, engaging songs.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black on February 8, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Mark Lanegan is the type of artist who couldn't be dull if he tried. From his days in the great unheralded Screaming Trees whose masterpiece "Dust" should be force fed our children in public schools through to collaborations with Isobel Campbell, Josh Homme and Greg Dulli he positively oozes class and has charisma to spare. His most potent weapon however is that borderline death yowl of a baritone which has survived a heavy drug dependency over the years and can tackle blues, hard rock and folk and make it sound effortless. It is a tremendous asset and it is on full display in this scintillating new album in which "shock horror" Lanegan tackles disco head on and succeeds with arrogant aplomb. It is Lanegan of course and the album is about as dark as Kazumura Cave without a flashlight containing much of his best work since god knows when.

It all quicks off with verve on the pounding blues of "The Gravediggers Song" with almost an Adam Ant style drum back beat and a brooding vocal so nasty that social services should be called. Throughout there are a range of cracking songs and the classic blues motif spread over the six minutes plus of "Bleeding Muddy Waters" is one of those. "St Louis Elegy" is a beautifully dark beast with a feast of ferocious imagery while that is clearly a Visage style disco beat lurking inthe backdrop of the excellent "Grey goes black". As you can tell it really is difficult to single out any songs for special praise since there is strength in depth here and taken as a whole set Lanegan barely puts a foot wrong. "Riot in my house" for example echoes the best rocking preoccupations of the Screaming Trees and what higher recommendation do you need?
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