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In November this year Mark Lanegan will turn 50. He is about to release a new album, titled Phantom Radio. It will be the ninth under his own name and third with his band, but combine it with the collaborative albums he’s made, be it with Isobel Campbell, or Duke Garwood, or as 50 per cent of the Gutter Twins or his legendary first band the Screaming Trees, then the total is nearer 20. ... Read more in Amazon's Mark Lanegan Band Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B006CC0YB0
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Blues Funeral is the seventh Mark Lanegan record, and the first 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. He resides in Los Angeles and has two dogs.

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Like a fleeing convict whose survival demands constant movement, Mark Lanegan has lent his life-scarred blues-rock growl to various causes in recent years. But none of his hired-gun gigs – Isobel Campbell, Greg Dulli, Soulsavers – holds a candle to his first solo album since 2004’s Bubblegum. Blues Funeral deepens his pitch while exhibiting a range and grace beyond his death’s-head profile: you wouldn’t mistake it for anyone else, but its intoxicating potency and surprise swerves elude concerns that his outlaw front might calcify in cliché.

The Gravedigger’s Song packs pile-driving proof that he’s more than anyone’s side-man. Wise to the shadow his walking-dead reputation casts before him, Lanegan sings of "piranha teeth" bared, invoking images of a vampire (or ex-junkie) driven by dark appetites. His muscular band size up to his voice with the required fearlessness; Dulli and Queens of the Stone Age’s Alain Johannes and Josh Homme number among the powerhouse posse thickening the album’s air.

The subsequent heart-stopping plummet into Bleeding Muddy Water’s soul-sick dirge typifies the high-drama rollercoaster sequencing here: vertiginous highs, queasy comedowns. Detours to the book of hard-living clichés ("these tears are liquor") occur but Lanegan also conjures stop-you-dead images of an evocative, lived-in power ("a mountain of dust that burns in your mouth"). Phantasmagoria Blues and St Louis Elegy haunt familiar turf – wracked confessional and high-plains howler respectively – but he sells them with the conviction and character he invested in his magisterial 1999 covers set, I’ll Take Care of You.

And the double-takers? On Ode to Sad Disco, Lanegan essays gliding electro-pop, a jaw-dropping move executed with jaw-dropping assurance; on Harborview Hospital, his vocal verges on rueful ("All around this place / I was a sad disgrace"), a rarity for a man not renowned for looking back. Both take his voice’s weathered grace to fresh heights, as does the lysergic, synth-laced psychedelia of the closing Tiny Grain of Truth, where Lanegan casts himself as a "firewalker… neon priest… junky doctor… shadow king", drifting into the "city at night". Whichever Lanegan you prefer, his is a mighty voice of formidably expressive multitudes, here given room to roam, and to roar.

--Kevin Harley

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sid. on 11 Feb 2012
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It's early days, and it will need a few months to bed in, but this may possibly be his strongest collection of songs yet. Bubblegum is a great album, but one I feel would have been even stronger with two or three songs removed, whereas this one is more consistent. Favourite songs change from day to day, with Phantasmagoria Blues and Deep Black Vanishing Train being my current picks, but all the songs are strong, and with Ode To Sad Disco he could potentially have a hit single with a bit of radio play (whether this would actually be a good thing or not is another matter). The musical backing to THAT voice has changed over the last couple of releases from the earlier material, introducing new sonic textures which keep his sound from going stale, though to be honest he could probably sing over someone banging on an old bath tub and it would still sound pretty decent. If you are a fan of any of his other work with The Screaming Trees, Isobel Cambell, Gutter Twins, QOTSA and particularly Soulsavers which seem to have been a subtle influence on this album, then I strongly suggest you invest in this stellar piece of work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Jun 2012
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I have long been a fan of Mark Lanegan's work with other artists, notably his collaborations with Isobel Campbell, but have heard very little of his solo stuff. And having heard this 2012 release I think I have been missing out!

As I said, I heard of Lanegan through his collaboration with Campbell, so was a little unprepared for what I heard here. It's certainly not as laid back as I was expecting! From the off this is an album of guitar and drum led fast blues, with a muscular musical backing that provides a perfect backdrop for Lanegan's gravelly, abused voice. And it's that voice, full of expression and pain, that dominates the album.

This will probably draw a few critics, but I occasionally found myself comparing this to some of Leonard Cohen's work, especially on the album The Future. Their voices have a lot in common, and whilst Cohen's backing was never as rocky as Lanegan's, the arrangements were at times similar. In tone `Harbour View' in particular reminded me of Cohen's `Democracy'. The songwriting doesn't quite reach the same levels of beauty, but there are sad and moving tales here of times past that really do leave their mark on you.

In all, it's a muscular, elegiac anthem to the past, with Lanegan's tortured growl lending the music real weight and dignity. I love it, 5 stars. And here's hoping the rest of his back catalogue is as good.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Feb 2012
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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 on the national curriculum 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 Dan y Ogof caves without a flashlight containing much of his best work since god knows when.

It all kicks 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Lelas on 9 Mar 2012
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"Blues Funeral" is the first Mark Lanegan record to be released in seven long years. Despite releasing collaborative records by the truck-load in that time, it has been quite a long wait for fans to be treated to another outing from this musician's solo songwriting prowess. What is offered up on "Blues Funeral" is an evolution of all the different sounds that Lanegan has explored since his previous solo effort, Bubblegum. To most, this will seem like a natural progression, but long-time fans will probably raise an eyebrow in skeptical surprise upon the opening bars of some of the tracks. I would like to assure those fans that even the most unusual of songs on "Blues Funeral" will begin to fit into place quite quickly upon repeat listens.

The lead track is also the first single, "The Gravedigger's Song" which opens with a very Queens of the Stone Age-style rhythm and tone to it. Compared with openers on Lanegan's previous albums ("One Way Street" on "Field Songs" or "When Your Number Isn't Up" on "Bubblegum" for example) this is a fast and heavy rock song that belts out at full force. The record takes a rather lucid step back immediately with a trio of haunting and familiar tracks, the superb "Bleeding Muddy Water," the guitar driven "Gray Goes Black" and "St. Louis Elegy" which could have happily fit in on Lanegan's collaborative work with Greg Dulli as The Gutter Twins. By now, fans are likely getting confident that this is a typical Mark Lanegan affair and that there will be few surprises to come, which in all honesty, is what most would be looking for. Get ready for a surprise.
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