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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but he's done better, 22 Dec 2002
This review is from: Whiskey For The Holy Ghost (Audio CD)
Mark Lanegan's gorgeous cracked purr of a voice against a suitably moody backing will ALWAYS stir the soul, but this perfectly acceptable album lacks the songcraft to really land a suckerpunch.
Though effective in conjuring up reflective weariness and woe the songs rather blend into on another and fail to stick in the mind. The acoustic/electric guitar melange is solidly textured and atmospheric, but hooks and contrast are in short supply.
It's a pity too that the vulnerability and romantic tenderness of Mark's later albums are also MIA.
The last four tracks are the best things here, leaner and more ambitious and good by any standard. They're a foretaste of the corking "I'll Take Care of You" and "Field Songs" albums.
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Initial post: 11 Jun 2012 23:11:15 BDT
The first two albums ML released have yet to be surpassed! There are the one or two tracks on his later albums that are pretty good but, when compared to the first two, a majority of this material, so far, just isn't as strong or fresh.

Posted on 11 Nov 2013 10:29:34 GMT
Lewis Dye says:
Totally disagree. This is, I think, easily his best record, and the fantastic 'Shooting gallery' his greatest song. Mike Johnson is greatly missed on later albums.
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