Here Comes That Weird Chill Single, EP, Maxi
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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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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!
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.
Essentially a taster for 2004's new album Bubblegum, this release probably would have been a two-part cd single a few years ago. Methamphtetamine Blues is the lead track, most of the music is played by Homme, a wonderful industrial clatter recalling Tom Waits occurs (I thought of Swordfishtrombones' 16 Shells from a 30.6). This is a very internalised sound and not as rocky as QOTSA or as traditional as prior Lanegan solo material (it does sound wild on headphones).Read more ›
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I've had these record for a while now, but I think this is the first time I've had anything to say about it. Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2007 by Neil
Lanegan's move into stranger territory is only partially successful. The industrial racket of Methamphetamine Blues is a rich surprise that bodes well, in spite of the Bruce... Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2004 by fatpaddykillah