Mark Lanegan Band
Where bluesy pop meets freaky electronica and ambient music… try “Beehive”, “Death’s Head Tattoo” and “Blue Blue Sea” respectively. But these are only vague descriptions for genre-busting outings that ultimately make easy categorization redundant. Rather, think industrial noise, classic and garage rock (shades of Iggy Pop on ‘Emperor’), psychedelia (‘Sister’) – the CD becomes rather more conventional – albeit that is a relative term – as it progresses, with Mark’s vocals taking on a Lou Reed tone, and on the closing track, ‘Old Swan’, the droning groove approaches that of vintage Velvet Underground, with maybe a side order of U2. This is Mark’s tenth solo album and there’s plenty of life in the old alt-rocker yet!
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: MARK LANEGAN BAND – GARGOYLE