Jon Landau one famously wrote of Bob Dylan that he'd buy a recording of Dylan just breathing hard, and Mark Lanegan's voice can have that effect too. Personally, I'd pay to hear him read the weather forecast. Not that he's breathing all that hard on this one. It's a two-hander, featuring Duke Garwood, who played on Blues Funeral, on various instruments; of the 12 tracks, the first and last are Garwood finger-pickin' solo pieces. This is a 'quiet' Lanegan album, then, though it contains a lot of the motifs familiar to Mark fans everywhere: vocals that shiver the timbers, from the trademark growl to the Jeff Buckleyesque high register, biblical imagery, and the Bubblegum drum machine. If you want to convert someone to the greatest rock singer of his generation, you probably won't use this - there isn't the raw excitement to offset the darker shades - but if you're already a believer, you'll be fine with this.