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Blood......and Death......Mark Lanegan
on April 24, 2012
This is a very good Lanegan recording. One of his best. He's dealing with big subjects here and that's what I like. The philosophical, religious and spiritual elements of this recording are what appeals to me. The dark, haunting quality of his voice has always served him well. He's done many collaborations over the years and most of them are very good. Especially with Isobel Campbell. Those with her are among my favorites. This album has a "bigger" sound than his other work, however. Some of this really rocks. Some of it's somber.
I love the lyrics and the way he puts himself into the songs in a masculine bluesy fashion. Most of the "death metal " groups that deal with the same subject matter have weak vocalists compared to Lanegan. I dig it....and I know that many people may find it depressing but I find it life affirming. The theme of blood, death and loss are true to the facts. That's the way it is.....this album and this kind of music makes me appreciate life and my loved ones all the more....like going to the blue church. As mentioned by other reviewers here, the music supporting Lanegan's singing is just terrific. It's different from his other solo work and the more I listen to it the more I like it. Very talented group of musicians. The funeral arrangement on the cover is a very nice touch.
The album "Broken" by the Soulsavers with Lanegan on most of the lead vocals is another gem, if you like this one. Check it out...