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Saturnalia

3 April 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 3 April 2008
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • Copyright: 2008 Sub Pop Records
  • Total Length: 52:30
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  • ASIN: B003WR8C26
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,549 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Mar 2008
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I believe I possess everything that Mark Lanegan has recorded. Not bragging, just stating a fact to support my absolute admiration for what he has done, and my belief that he has one of the great voices in rock. The only album that I didn't really like was his Ballads of the Broken Seas with Isobel Campbell - which won awards for goodness sake, but just didn't cut it for me. Otherwise his solo work is of singularly excellent quality, he has the standout tracks on any Queens of the Stone Age album and as for the Screaming trees, easily the best and most innovative of the "grunge" bands.

Greg Dulli? Don't know so much about him but enjoyed a couple of Afghan Whigs albums, especially 1965.

So put them together and what do you get? An exuberant slice of psychedelic, rocky americana. On this album you will hear rocking beats, mental metal guitar, slower acoustic folky numbers, excellent vocal harmonies and truly superb, proper songs. Just look at the instruments that are played on this album. Guitars - electric and acoustic of course, drums, bass and keyboards, so far so ho hum. But there are violins and cellos on some tracks which add a warmth to the affair, the harmonium is hauled out to lend an ethereal rasp to "God's children". "Each to each" features sequenced beats merged with mandolin, and the closer "Front Street" is a slow burning, more traditional epic, kind of creepy, poem set to music.

Maybe I'm being over zealous in my support for this album but anything released this year that overtakes this as my album of the year (or indeed the last few years) will have to be special indeed. This album is that good! In the past couple of weeks we have had an excellent album by Gary Louris which knocked my socks off and now this one. Maybe 2008 will be the year of "New Americana". You heard it here first!!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matt Pucci VINE VOICE on 31 Mar 2008
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If you're reading this, then the chances are you're already au fait with either, if not both, of the individuals that make up the Gutter Twins, and to a certain extent will know what to expect here (clue: QUALITY). Of course, there will be newcomers; curious and hopeful listeners, drawn in by the reputations and the rave reviews, and it's at those folk that this review is primarily aimed.

Saturnalia - the first complete album of collaborations between Greg Dulli (ex-Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers) and Mark Lanegan (ex-Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone Age) - is a dark and moody affair; blues of the blackest kind from two of music's great survivors. While it's difficult to decipher the exact details of the experiences that inform this set of songs, it's pretty safe to say that these guys have "seen some stuff" in their time, and so if you're of the introspective, heart-broken, love-lorn, or occasionally cynical ilk, you're likely to dig this. It's serious stuff, for sure, best listened to late at night, with a glass (or bottle...) of whiskey at hand, or during a long drive in the dark. Just check out the ominous opener 'The Stations' for proof, or the dirty rock-out of 'Idle Hands' (built around a hulking riff that simply could not have been written for anyone other than Lanegan) or even the Dulli-led, shamelessly covetous closer, 'Front Porch' ("if she's fine as your missus, then she's fine enough for me").

It's weighty stuff throughout, but Saturnalia stops well short of being depressing, thanks to the simplicity of the compositions, the lushness of their arrangements and the conviction of their delivery. There is also a surprising lightness of touch - most notably on the Lanegan-sung 'Who Will Lead Us?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Aug 2012
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I have long been a fan of the collaboration between Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, and as a result have been exploring other work by both musicians. My first port of call was this collaboration between Lanegan and Greg Dulli, and whilst it was a bit of a surprise it was a very pleasant one.

This is a dark album of heavy rock, with many layers and textures as Lanegan and Dulli tell us of the price they pay for their hedonistic lifestyles and the things that they have seen over the years of excess. Musically it is genius, one of the best heavy albums I have ever heard. Lanegan in particular is on fine vocal form, his ravaged and gravelly voice dominating the album for me. It's a masterpiece, 5 stars.
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By A. Stanhope on 13 Aug 2014
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I brought this as Gentlemen by The Afghan Whigs is one of my favourite albums and I have also been enjoying Mark Lanegan's solo output lately. When I first received the album the first track was the standout for me but the rest of the album I wasn't too sure about. I put it to one side and came back to it a few weeks later. It's definitely a grower and is one of my go to albums at the moment if I'm not sure what to put on. I think if you enjoyed the grunge era, soulful indie or any of Lanegan's solo work then it's worth taking a punt on.
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By J. on 3 Sep 2012
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When 'grunge' was taking off in the 90's there were a few bands who stood somewhat in the shadows. Left behind by the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and even the lesser 'grunge-lite' acts that came along a little later (Silverchair, Candlebox, Creed). Among those left behind where The Afghan Whigs and Screaming Trees, the bands fronted by The Gutter Twins. Since the break-up of both bands, they've kept exceptionally busy while remaining just under the radar - Dulli has been busy with his Twilight Singers project, while Lanegan has added a few more records to his incredible solo cannon (and that's not even touching on the wealth of collaborations).

Saturnalia isn't their first collaboration together - Lanegan has appeared on a number of Dulli's Twilight Singers' records - but it marks their first as The Gutter Twins. In many ways it's the record that you would expect from them both, it explores the same darkened streets (Seven Stories Underground), embraces the darkness that surrounds them (Idle Hands), yet never giving up hope (Who Will Lead Us?).

Sonically, there's the soul of the Whigs, the gospel of the Trees and I Was In Love With You sounds like a gothic Beatles number. It's not often that you can say there's a real etheral quality to guitars that seem be sparring ferociously (see the excellent Circle the Fringes), but Saturnalia is one of those records. It's not Black Love or Dust, but it finds Dulli and Lanegan right where they feel comfortable. In the shadows.
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