Mark Lanegan releases his brand new album 'Bubblegum' on August 2nd 2004 in the UK, & August 10th in the US. Musical assistance on 'Bubblegum' comes from luminaries including Queen Of The Stone Age bandmates Joshua Homme & Nick Oliveri, PJ Harvey (who provides vocals on 'Hit The City' & 'Come To Me'), Izzy Stradlin & Duff McKagan from Guns & Roses/Velvet Revolver, Afghan Whigs & Twilight Singers' Greg Dulli, Ween's Dean Ween, Eleven's Alain Johannes & Masters of Reality's Chris Goss (guitar) amongst others. The album was produced by Mark Lanegan, with assistance from Chris Goss & Alain Johannes.
Bubblegum is Mark Lanegan's sixth solo album, but still he's relatively unknown to all but a few. Since going solo, the former Screaming Trees frontman has attracted a cult following, but if a man can be judged by the stature of his friends, then surely Bubblegum marks the beginning of Lanegan's turn in the spotlight. Featuring such high-profile guests as PJ Harvey ("Hit the City" and "Come to Me"), Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver's Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan ("Strange Religion"), Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers' frontman Greg Dulli ("Methamphetamine Blues"), and Masters of Reality's Chris Goss (who shares production credits, as well as appearing on a number of tracks), the songs on Bubblegum display a breadth of style that matches Lanegan's trademark depth of substance. And though he kept his profile comparatively low as a longterm collaborator with Queens of the Stone Age, his two bandmates Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri feature heavily throughout (Homme, in particular, plays guitar or drums on five of the tracks here). But this is by no means a QOTSA album. Bubblegum has a sound all its own, and Lanegan is firmly at the helm, with his gravelly voice and somber observations making him sound more and more like Tom Waits. Its pleasures may not be immediate to all listeners, but once found, they're difficult to shake. --Robert Burrow