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|1. The Gravedigger's Song|
|2. Bleeding Muddy Water|
|3. Gray Goes Black|
|4. St Louis Elegy|
|5. Riot in My House|
|6. Ode to Sad Disco|
|7. Phantasmagoria Blues|
|8. Quiver Syndrome|
|9. Harborview Hospital|
|11. Deep Black Vanishing Train|
|12. Tiny Grain of Truth|
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.
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It's Mark Lanegan... No more needs to be said for this A W E S O M E N E S S !!!Published 2 months ago by Dogglllzzz
this was easily my album of the year and two years later it is still getting a hammering. To put it simply Mark Lanegan can do no wrong, his voice is effortless and the best... Read morePublished 12 months ago by James Josiah
I brought this on the strength of bubblegum. Wasn't sure about it at first as it's a lot heavier than bubblegum and musically it probably isn't as diverse but it's still a classic... Read morePublished 13 months ago by A. Stanhope
I bought this CD for a family.
All of them - father, mother and a son - just lives it!
ML has made some blindingly brilliant records in his time, and he doesn't really make bad ones. Even if he tries (like he seems to have done here) to make a plodding MOR Dire... Read morePublished 20 months ago by steve