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Whiskey for the Holy Ghost

Mark Lanegan Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: 5555820704
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,241,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spiritual evocations 24 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
I remember buying this album shortly after buying his'Winding Sheet' during the height of the grunge evolution from a small store in the backstreets of Soho. I guess setting the scene is important in reliving the memories. It captivated me from the beginning. His voice had always been a favourite since the days with 'screaming trees', but only on the solo albums do we hear the pure unadulterated haunting and tortured undertones. Exemplified in songs such as 'Riding the Nightingale' and 'Kingdoms of Rain'; he incorporates biblical themes and intervenes them in a spiritual landscape, where the shores of hope are dashed by the waves of inimical pain and unrequited love. When he sings 'I'm going to cry' no-one meant it more. I've read him stating that this album was created in the midst of his battle with heroin and it's clearly evident in both its dark and psychedellic themes. Most of the music is choreographed by Mike Johnson with Mike Agnello adding to the the folk apects of this album with his violin musings. I cannot get away from this album, the songs are timeless and sear into every chamber of my heart, if there was an album that changed my life this would be it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This is not just Mark Lanegan's finest solo album, it's his most beautifully evocative work to date.
As has been previously mentioned, there will always be a certain popular feeling summoned up by listening to Lanegan's whiskey-weary, "just-give-me-somewhere-to-sit-down-and-smoke" vocals, which could lend itself to an artist resting on his or her laurels and allowing themselves to become a one-trick-pony who's bound to sell, as is the case with such acts as Motorhead (these days).
As it stands, Mark's songcraft has developed leaps and bounds since his instrumentally-sparse debut "The Winding Sheet", while retaining its lyrical intensity. It is in essence the next logical step: there are some actual just heart-achingly beautiful arrangements displayed in songs such as 'Kingdoms of Rain': a funeral procession of a song, where the vocals are harmonised by an organ to incredible effect. 'Borracho' - literally, "drunk" in Spanish, builds up a storm of swirling, angular rhythm guitar until you DO feel drunk, and the desert really does turn to ocean over you, you can FEEL it. 'Carnival' is possibly my favourite song of all time, and not far behind is 'Sunrise': it will move you intensely to listen to this song when no one is up yet, you've poured a glass of wine for yourself and the most important thing in the world is how the light shining in from behind the blinds is falling across your face, and when the saxophone filters in, a moment of complete musical perfection is achieved.

Also, it is completely recommended that you purchase this if you've heard the Soulsaver's cover of 'Kingdoms of Rain' with Mark Lanegan on vocals. That, and this, is soul music at its best.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lanegan's second masterpiece 7 Dec 2001
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
'Whiskey for the Holy Ghost' is the brilliant follow-up to Lanegan's solo debut, 'The Winding Sheet'...It begins with some whistling and Mike Johnson's take on Morricone-territory with 'The River Rise'- a dark-country lull with minimal drums by Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis. This will be popular with anyone who likes Giant Sand or The Handsome Family- though it is delivered in Lanegan's distinctive croak. 'Borracho' ups the tempo, Lanegan howling over a drum-roll provided by Mudhoney's Dan Peters. Johnson and Lanegan cook up an electric guitar maelstrom, as lyrically Lanegan continues his love affair with Mexican/Spanish imagery ('Juarez', 'El Sol')...'House a Home' was a single and is an example of a more-approachable Lanegan that tracks such as 'Stay', 'Don't Forget About Me' and 'Mockingbirds' personify.'House a Home' is not a million miles away from the sound of REM's 'Automatic For The People' (itself influenced by Lanegan's 'The Winding Sheet'). 'Kingdoms of Rain' is another dark number- Lanegan's voice accommpanied by acoustic guitar & organ and Sloan Johnson's backing vocals (evoking some wonderful harmonies). 'Carnival' is the highlight of the album- as good as anything by The Band- a magical lyric accompanies an alt-country backing (the violin emanates from the space between The Band and Michael Nyman)'Riding the Nightingale' is a relative of 'Wild Flowers' and uses the female backing vocals to great effect (and Tad Doyle guests on percussion). 'El Sol' is another stoned-acoustic number:a gothic-Burrito Brothers?; 'Dead On You' has an atmospheric minamilism that fans of Gillian Welch and The walkabouts will appreciate. 'Shooting Gallery' reminds me of 'Led Zeppelin III'- though obviously with a darker-undercurrent: "I'll see you in another hallway/some other time". Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drunk ghosts and demons on the road. 14 Feb 2013
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Exciting Album rich in chiaroscuro of guitars coloring an ancestral voice dark and velvety at the same time. Early solo maturity, from the dreamlike "The River Rise" to the anarchist violin escapism in"Carnival", meeting drunk ghosts and demons on the road in "Borracho". With"Pendulum", almost at the end, there is the "opus dei" of Lanegan in a hoarse and arpeggiated mass. To say that Whiskey For The Holy Ghost has been the record of the confirm of Mark Lanegan would be a bit 'simplistic for this perfect blend of rock, blues, country and folk. A really masterpiece.
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