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Whiskey for the Holy Ghost


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  • Audio CD (January 18, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0000035F5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The River Rise
2. Borracho
3. House A Home
4. Kingdoms Of Rain
5. Carnival
6. Riding The Nightingale
7. El Sol
8. Dead On You
9. Shooting Gallery
10. Sunrise
11. Pendulum
12. Judas Touch
13. Beggar's Blues

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For his second solo album, Lanegan, the singer for the Screaming Trees, decided to go wider and deeper. The arrangements are mostly acoustic and electric guitars, bass and drums, but the subtle addition of violin and saxophone on select cuts makes for greater variance and gives the album a rich, epic scope. As always, Lanegan sees the glass as neither half-empty or half-full, just dirty. "Borracho" reaches a cathartic wall of shrieking feedback, but mostly Lanegan tunes down for the ambulatory emissions and Seattle blues of "Shooting Gallery," "Judas Touch," and "Kingdoms of Rain." --Rob O'Connor

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Mark Lanegan has a voice that is truly brilliant.
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Most of the songs on this album are quite introspective and moody.
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This album engulfs everything and anyone that hears it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
American musical tastes have always baffled me. Mediocrities extraordinaire like Britney Spears, Linkin Park, Mariah Carey, John Mayer, and Dave Matthews sell millions of records, while genuinely talented souls like Mark Lanegan remain unknown except to music connoisseurs. A few know him as the front man and resident genius of Screaming Trees, others as a solo artist, a few more as sometimes member of Queens of the New Age, and a few Isobel Campbell fans as the guy who helped make her latest album so stunningly special. But Mark Lanegan should someone anyone who is obsessed with great music should know well. I honestly believe that if you love great music, there are at least three albums featuring Mark Lanegan that fall into the category of "Must Own": his incredible solo album WHISKEY FOR THE HOLY GHOST, the superfine Screaming Trees anthology OCEAN OF CONFUSION, and his recent effort in support of Isobel Campbell on her amazing BALLAD OF THE BROKEN SEAS (most of the songs are by Campbell, but he contributes some great supporting vocals, especially a killer version of Hank Williams's "Ramblin' Man" and on the album's great closing song "The Circus is Leaving Town").

This was Lanegan's second solo album. The first one, THE WINDING SHEET, was one downer of an album. Bleak, deeply atmospheric, introspective, and seriously unfocused, it represented a significant break from his work with the Screaming Trees. Whatever fans of that band were looking for in a Mark Lanegan solo project, that was definitely not it. WHISKEY FOR THE HOLY GHOST is not completely dissimilar from THE WINDING SHEET, but it is better conceived, the songwriting is infinitely sharper, and the melancholy is redeemed by one exquisitely melodic song after another.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1999
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Mark Lanegan has one of those too much whiskey and a million packs of cigarettes voices that you can feel -- it starts in your toes and works its way up. Also the lead singer of the hard-driving Screaming Trees, Lanegan seems to use his dark and moody solo albums to ease his soul. Lanegan admittedly battled his personal demons while making Whiskey for the Holy Ghost and it shows.
I first listened to this album with the love of my life and we both loved it. As that relationship crumbled, I thought it would be too painful to listen again, but have since found solace in Mark's haunting lyrics. You'll find pleasure and pain here -- no matter how you feel this is a great album; easily one of my top ten.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Chadwick on September 28, 2004
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Mark Lanegan- The man has NO LIMITS. He doesn't limit himself to one sound, or emotion. He was good with the Screaming Trees and he is just fine on his own. Many find it hard to accept his outward approach with his musical talent but his music is mostly about the words, the instruments only help to communicate that. His voice and lyrics are the whole reason the man makes his money. Believe me I love the Screaming Trees, I always hope that they will surprise us all and get back together and show everyone that they were overlooked in their time by everyone who listened only to what the charts deemed popular.

Anyways, Whiskey For The Holy Ghost is by far one of the greatest albums I have ever heard. By Anyone. This album engulfs everything and anyone that hears it. I have turned many people into Lanegan fans, thanks to this wonderful and spiritually driving album. This man knows what he is doing. I strongly recommend this album. This is a Fall into Winter sort of album. It will send chills through your body and change your heart with its power. *****
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Elias Rentzeperis on January 11, 2005
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I thought smoking would hurt my singing voice. After listening to Mark Lanegan I smoke unfiltered.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Rizo on May 15, 2002
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In my pantheon of Mark Lanegan records, Whiskey is second only to the recently released Field Songs. This album is worlds away from the Screaming Trees, and ambitious as hell. The atmospheric mix of bass and acoustic guitar on "The River Rise" will have you sold from the very beginning of the album. There's some really fantastic "light" stuff on this record; acoustic-heavy tracks "Carnival", "House A Home" and "Sunrise" whose guitars balance out Lanegan's black-as-midnight voice. As the record draws to a close, Lanegan is doing what he does best: from-the-gut songs about loneliness and despair. The closing three tracks are Mark Lanegan at his very best, lighting a cigarette for your soul with his minimalist arrangements and intelligent, powerful lyrics. The only misstep on the whole album is "Borracho", whose Seattle grunge roots are starting to show their age, but don't be fooled. This album is accessible, timeless Mark Lanegan, and a great introduction to his particular style of rock.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 25, 2004
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Mark Lanegan had hoped to make WHISKEY FOR THE HOLY GHOST in three days. It ended up taking three years, with the frustrated singer nearly chucking the master tapes into a pond near the studio before producer Jack Endino stopped him. It may have been a long, meandering process in the studio but you would never know it, for this album is a seamless masterpiece. Demolishing the notion that Lanegan is Nick Cave's understudy, his soulful, deep, brooding voice glides over these tunes. The instrumentation is not as spare here as it is on his debut, THE WINDING SHEET, and the results are excellent. This album includes some of the darkest songs I've ever heard, such as the haunting "Judas Touch," the plaintive "Beggar's Blues," and "Riding The Nightengale," which could be the single greatest song Mark has ever recorded. It isn't all doom and gloom, however, as Lanegan shows his soulful side on "El Sol" and "Carnival." Quite simply, this album is fantastic from start to finish. Probably his best, and that is saying a lot.
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