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Here Comes That Weird Chill [Single, EP, Maxi]

Mark Lanegan, Mark Lanegan Band Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Nov 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, EP, Maxi
  • Label: Pias Uk Ltd
  • ASIN: B0000D9R0F
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Methamphetamine Blues
2. On The Steps Of The Cathedral
3. Clear Spot
4. Message To Mine
5. Lexington Slow Down
6. Skeletal History
7. Wish You Well
8. Sleep With Me/Version

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Here Comes That Weird Chill could be the album that finally brings Mark Lanegan to the fore. After 17 years' diligent toil at the grunge yoke fronting Seattle rockers the Screaming Trees, Mark Lanegan chose to jump ship, drifting free from the band he'd steered since he was a teenager and letting the tides carry him. Mere months later, he'd washed up as a key touring member of one of rock's most notorious companies, Queens of the Stone Age. It's this band that makes up the key players of this monolithic sixth solo album from Lanegan. With a revolving team of musicians that includes QOTSA's Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri, Masters of Reality's Chris Goss, Ween's Dean Ween, and Greg Dulli (ex-Afghan Whigs, now fronting the Twilight Singers), this is something of an all-star cast. But Lanegan is nothing if not a commanding presence, his grizzled vocal chords, rough as sandpaper and deep as a grave, musing long and hard on love, mortality, narcotic bliss and the inevitable hangover that follows. Grim opener "Methamphetamine Blues" is a hefty slab of deathly psychedelia, marching forth on a violent metallic drum-loop, while a cover of Captain Beefheart's "Clear Spot" is roughshod lo-fi to its super-dense core. But it's the majestic piano lament of "Lexington Slow Down" that suggests Lanegan may still have a seat next to Nick Cave and Tom Waits in the canon of rock's doomed romantics. --Louis Pattison

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Sound! Same Brilliance! 9 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am of the opinion that everything this man touches turns to gold. Once a member of the now no-more Screaming Trees who were one of the most underrated Seattle bands around (certainly the most soulful), Mark then advanced his career via his solo records and made music on a scale that the Trees always tried to reach (my opinion of course). After the Bluesy/Folky mainly acoustic solo outings Mark became a member of Queens of the Stone Age and added that extra dimension to an already good rock band.
So, here....now....in 2003....Mark finds himself releasing an EP length collection of songs as a taster for the upcoming 'Bubblegum' record. The first thing that is apparent is the instrumentation on the record, the opening track breaks out with a clanky industrial vibe followed by a slightly distorted voice (and what a voice) closely followed by a second track that could almost be spoken word if not for the fact that a separate recording of Marks voice lulls in the background going along to the old hymn 'He's Got The Whole World In His Hand' and a nice guitar rhythm.
The rest of the record offers a selection of tracks with either industrial beats and/or sleazy guitar rhythms. The songs are not instantly accessible, but if you want 'pop' then you wouldn't be reading this review in the first place. Nevertheless, the songs were implanted in my mind after the second play of the disc and i keep coming back to it.
Like all good artist's Mark has realised he needs to change direction in order to keep afloat and like all good artist's he has done it with style. At the price it is selling for I recommend you pick up a copy and experience well written, well played, diverse and challenging music and if you like it you might want to try the pick of his solo material: I'll Take Care Of You and Scraps At Midnight (again, my opinion).
A Victory For Music!
Also, the track "Lexington Slowdown"....................a beautiful 'haunted piano' gem of a song!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I may be biased... 28 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
Having loved every single one of his recordings (from Screaming Trees and QotSA, to Mad Season and solo offerings), I may not be the best person to give a subjective review of this EP.
But I'm going to, because I just have to say how superb it is. He's dropped his country/grunge sound (almost sad to hear it go, but I guess we got 5 albums of it out of the man) for something a bit different - almost a cross of Tom Waits, early Springsteen (something about Lexington Slowdown reminds me of very early Boss) and, well, I think I have to go with the now made obvious link and say Beefheart.
Lanegan's voice is as seminal as any fo the above mentioned artists, as in my opinion (and remembering I'm a big Waits and Beefheart fan) is his discography so far.
Well worth at least checking out, if you don't end up buying a copy for yourself and everyone you know.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value ep from great singer.... 25 Nov 2003
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Here Comes That Weird Chill is an unexpected treat from the prolific Lanegan- who has not only found some deserved fame with Queens of the Stone Age- but has appeared on recordings by Desert Sessions, Martina Topley Bird & Mondo Generator this year. It seems that 2003 is the year of the ep- Here Comes That Weird Chill as great in the ep sense as Mark Gardener's Floating Out Into the Night, John Cale's 5 Tracks & Ryan Adams Love is Hell Part I.
As a taster for Lanegan's upcoming solo offering Bubblegum (2004) it bodes well and is great value at this price- as rewarding as 1999's brief cover set I'll Take Care of You. The cover of Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band's Clear Spot recalls that set and like many cover versions that Lanegan has been involved with (Song of the Baker, Where Did You Sleep Last Night, Boogie Boogie, What Goes On), it becomes all his own (personally Clear Spot is my favourite CB album!). This ep is subtitled 'Extras & Oddities'- outtakes from the Bubblegum-sessions to accompany the single Methamphetamine Blues (which features Josh Homme). If these are the outtakes, one wonders what the album proper sounds like; it looks likely that Bubblegum will be one of the albums of next year already! Not that Lanegan hasn't produced classic albums before- The Winding Sheet, Whiskey for the Holy Ghost & Field Songs, for example.
Lanegan's music, now officially parted from Screaming Trees (RIP) has become more diverse- though there is nothing here as potent as tracks on the last QOTSA album in the rock sense. But Lanegan's music is moving into more interesting directions, making me think of such Tom Waits albums as Bone Machine, Alice, & Blood Money.
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