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With producer Alain Johannes providing bass, keyboards, and percussion, Blues Funeral is the most sonically enhanced album of Mark Lanegan's career. Taking the textured walls of 2004's Bubblegum and reinforcing them with greater variety and tonal density, Lanegan and Johannes build a cathedral of sound that's mighty impressive. "Ode to Sad Disco" is a long track inspired by the music in Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher film trilogy. "Bleeding Muddy Water" and "Deep Black Vanishing Train" explore the soul of the blues without replicating its form. "Quiver Syndrome" drones with a hard rock power and a sense of scorched-earth desperation. "Harborview Hospital" breaks like the sun over the horizon. Twilight Singers' Greg Dulli joins in for the noirscape of "St. Louis Elegy," which ticks like a time bomb and rides an evil wind that blows no good. Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme adds grisly guitar to the appropriately titled "Riot in My House." "Leviathan" crafts a beautifully skewered weirdness. "Tiny Grain of Truth" caps things off with a seven-minute anthem that sounds like the wrap-up for a movie about the end of the world. 

Customer Reviews

Wow! Pure Lanegan With a Twist

This is the best work from Mark since "Field Songs". I've been a fan since The Screaming Trees days and I know a large percentage of Lanegan fans always compare his recent work to most of the solo albums released in the 90's and early 00's. I even remember defending against some unfavorable reviews after the first Lanegan Band album "Bubblegum" was released. It wasn't my favorite but I liked the new direction. However, I was blown away after hearing this album! The music stays pure and true to his base sound but, at the same time, brings something completely new to the party. That's not an easy thing to do. It is a bit more produced than the solo albums but, again, this is "The Band". I think this great work will satisfy old fans while garnering appreciation from those who might not be familiar with one of the greatest vocal talents in the last 25 years. Lanegan is "our" Johnny Cash.

Physicians of chaos

I've only heard tracks 1-7 can't wait to hear the rest. I've been waiting almost ten years for another album by these guys, impatiently I might add, Worth The Wait, as beautiful as Bubblegum and heartfelt as field songs. Out of this world rhythm's and psychedelic sounds of pain backing psychotropic guitars and mesmerizing loops. Possibly greatest songwriter alive?

Best album I'll buy this year

This guy is genius at what he does. I agree with another reviewer who said this is Lanegan's best since Whiskey and the Holy Ghost, and with whoever described him as a modern day Johnny Cash. Well worth the wait.


Born: November 25, 1964 in Ellensburg, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Singing with a deep, nicotine-ravaged growl that's rich, strong, and sensuously forbidding, Mark Lanegan first rose to fame when his band the Screaming Trees won a taste of mainstream recognition in the '90s. But like other noted artists, Lanegan has carved out a strong identity of his own as a vocalist and songwriter informed by the blues but willing to take his darkly poetic sensibility wherever his muse was pointing him, from hard rock to electronica. Born in Ellensburg, Washington on November...
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