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on 20 September 2017
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on 9 December 2008
These are songs which were left over from Sunday at Devil Dirt and it sounds as if the relationship between Lanegan's disreputable drifter and and Campbell's strict school marm is now well past the dangerous flings in sleazy motels of Ballad of the Broken Seas. The second album sounded and looked as if Campbell had let her hair down and moved in with the drifter, this third one has them in a world which is sweetly domestic and genuinely affectionate. Fight with Fire with Fire and Asleep on a Sixpence are the sweetest you'll ever have heard Mark Lanegan.
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on 17 February 2009
Mainly bought this on the back of a good review in the independant magazine (who do seem to pick out good stuff by the way). Also because of the Belle and Sebastian link with Isobel. I found it a slow grower which I now like a lot. Will be exploring their back catalogue.
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on 1 February 2009
Although these tracks are apparently "leftovers" from the Sunday at Devil's Dirt sessions they are every bit as good as anything on that LP. In my opinion no record company should release any LP which is more than 10/11 tracks or 40 minutes in duration and perhaps EPs of this duration released more frequently is the way to go.
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This EP, made up of leftovers from Sunday At Devil Dirt is another classic from the unlikely pairing of Campbell and Lanegan. Once again Campbell's voice floats and dances ethereally around Lanegan's gruff, worldly rumblings. The juxtaposition still delights and feels fresh, despite this being their third outing.

Thoughtful music, made with conviction by two people who clearly enjoy working with each other and creatively sparking off each other. It's hard to pigeonhole, it's bluesy, soulful, jazzy, folky, rocky - and all in the space of only 6 songs!

A great album, definitely recommended to all fans of their previous collaborations.
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on 9 December 2008
When it was released earlier this year I resisted `Sunday At Devil Dirt', Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan's well-received, rather tongue-in-cheek take on Americana, their second full-length collaboration. It seemed to me too studied, too contrived somehow, a feeling heightened by the fact that Lanegan is something of a hired gun these days - having also supplied vocals to the highly mediocre trip-hoppery of Soulsavers, among others - adding instant gravitas with his Bourban-and-cigarettes-chiselled baritone. Written by the waifish Scottish indie darling Campbell, I couldn't help think of Lanegan as a kind of country-rock Ol' Dirty Bastard (R.I.P), enlisted to add an air of debauchery to other people's records. OK, so I was wrong! The whole enterprise might have appeared more cynical had Campbell been trying to deliver an imitation of dust-blown authenticity. However, this is more revisionist high-jinx than soul-searching alt-country: no naked emotional honesty here, but rather fully-costumed period theatre in the mould of Lee & Nancy or Johnny Cash. Like Micah P Hinson's fine `... Red Empire Orchestra`, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan's output is stylised and cinematic, not as bleak or skeletal as some more orthodox Stateside folk and country.

If you were not persuaded by `Sunday at Devil Dirt', the `Keep Me In Mind Sweetheart EP` may change your mind. Asides the gorgeous eponymous single taken from the album, the EP comprises five tracks "kept back" from the LP for release later in the year - and a timely little stocking filler it is too! I consider myself a Christmassy person, and it may be just me but I can't help hearing in the tracks selected for this EP a kind of Yuletide warmth. `Fight Fire With Fire' finds Lanegan Leonard Cohening-it-up over a woozy fireside waltz (hmm, is that possible?) that recalls Sheffield's own retro crooner Richard Hawley. Rather drowse-inducing in its repetition, is swirls gently around in a one-two-many-mulled-wines-dozing-off-in-a-comfy-chair kind of way. 'Asleep On A Sixpence' is a cello and piano-led vagabond ballad that sounds like Tom Waits gatecrashing a Christmas carol concert, an effect evoked by the appropriation of `While Shepherd's Watch Their Flocks' as an outro. `Rambling Rose' is admittedly not seasonal at all, unless you consider tumbleweeds and pedal steel guitar part of your regular yuletide get-up. But again Campbell puts just enough reverb into the mix to subtly subvert the country textures with an air of languid detachment. Finally, `Hang On' is Lanegan-free dream pop featuring Isobel Cambell's sweet, airy vocals over a delicate guitar refrain that recalls early Velvet Underground, but with Nico's voice somehow digitally de-Germanified. First published at the Line of Best Fit.
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on 8 September 2010
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan were never good at evaluating their own work. These tracks are "leftovers" from the Sunday at Devil Dirt cd but they are so good that they were later added as bonus tracks to the regular version of the cd.
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on 20 February 2015
very good
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on 29 January 2017
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