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on 24 June 2017
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on 30 June 2017
Quick delivery and spot on!! Love this album.
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on 14 February 2013
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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on 24 March 2001
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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#1 HALL OF FAMEon 7 December 2001
'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". 'Sunrise' is another highlight, moving from a Harry Smith Folk Anthology closeness to a fusion of female backing vocals and heartwarming saxophone. 'Pendulum' is a concise song regarding the passage of time and existential doubt. 'Judas Touch' functions as 'Juarez' did on the first album; imagine Nick Cave with soul. 'Beggar's Blues' ends the album with a fusion of stoned-bluesgrass, ex-Screaming Trees drummer Mark Pickerel adds to the building sound: "You'll forget me when you're gone".
'Whiskey for the Holy Ghost' is one of those classic dark albums- the Whiskey, cigarettes and Bible on the cover are the perfect accompaniements. For those who like dark, tuenful songs and alt-country/new-west artists like Wagon or Rainer there is a lot here that will be most welcome. Excepting the average-'Uncle Anesthesia' (let down by poor production/mixing)everything that Mark Lanegan has appeared on in Screaming Trees or as a solo-artist (not forgetting QOTSA 'In The Fade) has been classic. This album merely confirms that; Lanegan's second solo masterpiece.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 7 December 2016
It's the last track, but it may as well stand for the whole shebang. Beggar's Blues: there's something about Mark Lanegan's musical stance that begs a beggar's belief.
This is the real thing, in the same way that Cash, Cale or Cave are the real thing. They have something to tell us. It might not be quite what we wish to hear, but it might just purge us of that which is getting us down.
I came late to Lanegan, through the stunning soundtrack to the Cave/Hillcoat film Lawless. I knew I had to go to the source, so to speak. I chose carefully, and he hasn't let me down. He's from Seattle, which helped. So much great music has come from that city {as well as a very good friend of mine, but that's another story}.
Lanegan is a superb singer, has a great spirit, and makes music you want to engage with. I love it.
This is a terrific set of thirteen tracks that seeps into my being each time I listen to it. I like this man. He's more like Nick Cave than John Hiatt, more like Rufus Wainwright than his dad {all of 'em good!} but his own man too. This is a man who's listened to country music in extremis as well as Captain Beefheart ~ who, face it, was always in extremis.
Whiskey For The Holy Ghost should at least have won a title of the year award {it won no awards} but this is an album a little bit too good for awards.

A happy discovery.
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on 7 July 2007
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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on 4 April 2013
Excellent production values - really stripped down and acoustic but with some great tracks. I worked backwards from Soulsavers whom I love and this is a very nice album. 4 stars instead of 5 because I prefer bigger sounds to the minimalist acoustic style; however, I still admire the quality of this, like a fine bourbon.
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on 11 January 2014
I bought this cd as another reviewer had said it was Mark Lanegan's best. It's good but I have to disagree as in my mind Bubblegum (a classic) and Blues Funeral are both better. Still worth a listen and still better than a lot of stuff that's out there but by Mark Lanegan's standards just ok.
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on 11 January 2013
Once again,I was very pleased with the service and the product,it arrived in plenty of time
as it was for a present. Would use the company again
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