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Pretty good, but he's done better
on 22 December 2002
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.