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It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Land CD

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  • Audio CD (2 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: V2 Cooperative Music
  • ASIN: B000LC4Y3Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Revival
  2. Ghosts Of You And Me
  3. Paper Money
  4. Ask The Dust
  5. Spiritual
  6. Kingdoms Of Rain
  7. Through My Sails
  8. Arizona Bay
  9. Jesus Of Nothing
  10. No Expectations

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Product Description

EDEL 104553; EDEL RECORDS - Italia;

BBC Review

It's great to see ex-Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan obviously in great demand; in the last five years he's collaborated with, among others; Queens of The Stone Age, The Twilight Singers and Isobel Campbell from Belle & Sebastian (on last year's Mercury Music Prize nominated Ballad Of The Broken Seas). Here he collaborates with the Soulsavers who are Rick Machin and Ian Glover, on this follow up to Tough Guys Don't Dance (2003). It's an album best not enjoyed in a car, or even on an iPod in public - so sparse are the arrangements on It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Land that you'll be unable to appreciate just how much unnecessary embellishment has been left out.

It requires some quality downtime to be appreciated fully, in silence, through a decent pair of headphones, or the albums, smoky air of regret and redemption squandered could be regretfully overlooked. The opener is ''Revival'' stripped down, devotional, melancholy gospel, featuring longing voices, it sets the scene beautifully.

Lanegan's sensitivity, understatement, and sheer vocal versatility lend his performances huge presence and emotional intensity. He helps transform an album of assured instrumentals into a record just shy of greatness, the strong choice of cover tracks and their accomplished, thoughtful treatment helps round off a piece of work that is destined to be loved by those in the know. For example the closing track is a haunting cover of The Rolling Stones ''No Expectations'' from Beggar's Banquet (1968), it will ring in your ears long after it's finished.

The album also features a brilliant re-working of ''Kingdoms Of Rain'', from Lanegan's second solo album, Whiskey For The Holy Ghost (1996), and although these are compositions not designed to be ranked or skipped through, it's one of the strongest tracks on the album.

Lanegan is part Johnny Cash and part Tom Waits, in a real stinker, having been dumped and missing the last train. It's an album Primal Scream might wallow in the morning after a frightening bender. These are songs that don't care about getting their rocks off, they lack the ego, the drive, the ambition, to want fill a stadium. They're destined to occupy a space that's much harder to fill. --Eamonn Stack

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Soulsavers are a duo known for remixing acts like Doves who emanated from Stoke on Trent; 'it's not how far you fall, it's the way you land' is their second album and is notable as it features the great Mark Lanegan on eight of its eleven tracks. Lanegan is often cited as a tortured individual who has suffered addictions, it should be pointed out that he appeared to get over them around the time of 'Scraps at Midnight/I'll Take Care of You' and has been a workaholic since, producing his own solo work plus collaborations with The Walkabouts, Martina Topley-Bird, Isobel Campbell, Desert Sessions, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator, Twilight Singers, Masters of Reality etc - he also has another project with Twilight Singer' Greg Dulli, under the Gutter Twins moniker. So, what is effectively an unexpected solo album from Lanegan is very, very welcome.

This is not Lanegan being backed in the rock style of QOTSA or Screaming Trees, the closest work is the more electronic tracks on 'Bubblegum' or the Martina Topley-Bird collaboration (Lanegan likes the more explorative side of hip hop, like Clouddead, as well as having covered Massive Attack on the last Twilight Singers ep). Opener 'Revival' is gorgeous stuff, tapping into a 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door' vibe with some sublime organ and some soulful gospel vocals from Wendy Rose and Lena Palmer. I played this in the store and bought this album on the strength of it - it sounds to me like one of the greatest things Lanegan has co-written/sang. 'Ghosts of You and Me' displays the electronica side of Soulsavers, sounding like a sharper version of Depeche Mode's 'Ultra' musically, maybe with a hint of the electronic climes Australian act black cab are exploring at present.
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Well this is either all a strange coincidence or this is a bloody good album, so it's probably that last thing. I also (hangs head in shame) was not aware of Soulsavers and was pointed at this album by a friend who knew my fondness for Mr. Lanegan and if you have Dust, Scraps at Midnight & Bubblegum in your collection (and if you don't shame on you) then you need to get a copy of this as well. This is without doubt the best album I've heard in a long time, bringing together different genres of music effortlessly and so interestingly that it leaves you wanting more and finding more after each listen.

I can hear shades of NIN in some of the music but it is more complete, more rewarding than anything I ever heard from Mr. Trent. And I can hear shades and echoes of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, which for me is no bad thing. But this is a significantly better album.

I absolutely love the drive, the bounce, the cool reflectiveness, the soulful mourning, the twists and turns this album makes. It has a rich weave, darkly textured, sometimes sparse, but never wanting. Soul, blues, hip hop beats all demand your attention but never overwhelm, instead pick you up and take you places that are really rather nice places to be. It's the perfect companion at 03:00 in the morning when there is only you and a bottle of vodka, and equally perfect the next morning whilst you are padding around the kitchen looking for something to line your innards with.

Every track brings something to delight about; musically, lyrically, the way different genres snuggle up to each other and effortlessly support and inspire.
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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.
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At times, `It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Land' is an unsettling and almost uncomfortable listening experience (the rumbling screams and yells within the incredible Paper Money, which literally send shivers down the spine). The music is richly textured ... steeped in soul, gospel and the blues. It's often reflective and demands further attention, yet at times you feel like you're eavesdropping on pleas of forgiveness (opening epic `Revival' and `Spiritual', where Lanegans refrain of "Jesus, I don't want to die alone" sounds like the appeal of a dying man).

The slow burning intensity of opening track `Revival', is unrivalled by any track this year. When Lanegan poses the question: "Why am I so blind with my eyes wide open, I need someone now that this dark night's begun", you can't help but ponder over what he's been blind over and who he's pleading to (perhaps his girl, a dealer, or God?). Regardless, the result is outstanding.

The reworking of Lanegan's Kingdoms Of Rain (it featured originally on the wonderful 'Whiskey for the Holy Ghost') has to be heard to be believed. The music is sharp and accentuates Lanegan's words, phrasing and tone.

Elsewhere he sounds like a preacher who's traded his soul and realises that his saviour isn't forgiving to those who've turned their back on him (`Jesus Of Nothing' and `Ghosts of You And Me'). The versions of Neil Young's `Through My Sails' and the Stones' `No Expectations' are more desolate and abandoned than the originals.

Those who are familiar with the work of Mark Lanegan will know that this sort of subject matter is contained within his work for the best part of 2 decades. However, here the effects are astounding.
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