10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mark Lanegan’s poet-of-the-underworld persona has proved remarkably flexible over the past 20 years. His fourth album with Mark Lanegan Band falls in line with 2014’s Phantom Radio, mixing the grit of blues and murder ballads with gothy electronic atmospheres. As always, the center of these songs is Lanegan’s voice, a husky instrument as threatening as it is seductive, be it on the brooding ‘60s shuffle of “Emperor” or the soaring “Nocturne,” which plays devil to U2’s angels.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mark Lanegan’s poet-of-the-underworld persona has proved remarkably flexible over the past 20 years. His fourth album with Mark Lanegan Band falls in line with 2014’s Phantom Radio, mixing the grit of blues and murder ballads with gothy electronic atmospheres. As always, the center of these songs is Lanegan’s voice, a husky instrument as threatening as it is seductive, be it on the brooding ‘60s shuffle of “Emperor” or the soaring “Nocturne,” which plays devil to U2’s angels.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Onasurftrip ,

Good album. But Lanegan is overdoing it with these beats

His voice doesn't require all the extra instruments added in this album (like, for example, 2013's "Blues Funeral". That is simply my opinion of the style I prefer. But Lanegan is such a legend that even when he isn't stripped down and just his voice and one acoustic guitar having his back is present, he can overload with unnecessary gobbledygook, electric guitars, and even the nauseating drum beat machine, and Lanegan still creates magic. That's why this is still a 5* album. I will request however that the next album PLEASE return to a more authentic sound. It's just Lanegan is one of only 2 or 3 artists today that doesn't have to require all this to make a great album.

W. Maxwell ,

Return to form

Not that Lanegan's last album was bad - I enjoyed it - but this is a great effort. His voice is still smooth as a heavy liquid.

sonicfan235 ,

Oh snap!!

The Night Porter is back!!!

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