I disagree with the above reviewer. If your idea of a good time is sitting at home with a razor blade over your wrists, contemplating the joys and miseries of your life, buy it anyway. Just don't use the razor. Beautifully poignant, if slightly depressing (if you're the depressive sort) and a very gentle ride for the most part. It's been a while since I heard it but I remember the experience well. A good buy if you want to be soothed and maybe feel a little tug at the heartstrings. But then I'm a sucker for ambience, so what would I know?
Not as good as Lanegan's first two albums, but still a great album to listen to. Unlike the first two, this album doesn't really have any stand out tracks and the sound isn't very varied. But don't let that sound like a bad thing. This album starts slow and dark and stays that way, rather than have a slow quiet track, then a fast loud track, they all stay at a similar pace, except maybe the last track. But if you're looking to get into Mark Lanegan, I'd suggest maybe a later album like Bubblegum or even his second album whiskey for the holy ghost. This album sounds a little more for when you've already broke you're Mark Lanegan cherry and understand his music a little better.
Do not buy this album if your idea of a good night in includes sitting with a razor blade over your wrist contemplating the joys and miseries of your life. Otherwise, get it and just coast through it's late night blackness.