In spite of Jason again doing a better review job than I could hope to, I must add my tuppen'th. I do, however, have to start with an apology to the Soulsavers duo. I only came to know of them because someone who knows I like Mark Lanegan pointed me at this record. That person is due a large Christmas present this year, and Soulsavers first album has been ordered forthwith!
This is an awesome, beautiful, and very, VERY moving record. The whole thing could not be more appropriately titled. Lanegan's world-weary voice here sounds typically lugubrious, yet perversely happier than ever to still be alive.
If your preferred tracks on Bubblegum included Morning Glory Wine or Strange Religion; if you own any Spiritualized or Alabama 3 output; if you believe credible rock, new millennium gospel and electronic sensibilities can co-exist in one package; then buy this album.
Personal highlights? Revival is a serious candidate for Song Of The Year (so far) in up to 4 different genres. Spiritual does exactly what it says on the tin. Kingdom Of Rain has been written up elsewhere as "doing for Lanegan what 'Hurt' did for Johnny Cash". Agreed.