Sunday At Devil Dirt
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
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Sunday At Devil Dirt is the second collaboration between Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan and it proves that the first time was no fluke — these two have an undeniable chemistry. Revisiting the winning template they created on Ballad of the Broken Seas, the album touches on various aspects of Americana including 12-bar blues, melancholy folk, and spooky country. As with the first album, all of these songs were written and produced by Campbell, once of Belle & Sebastian, and she again does an impressive job of creating an atmosphere ideally suited to Lanegan’s husky baritone. This is definitely Campbell’s show but she’s chosen an ideal musical partner, and her talent as a song arranger is particularly impressive. Lanegan, the former frontman for the Screaming Trees, has become something of a master collaborator over the past decade, and he nails his role with an excellent vocal performance throughout. But what really stand out are the simmering, sultry harmonies they produce together (check out “Come on Over (Turn Me On)” for proof). Sunday At Devil Dirt achieves a lushness and subtle beauty that goes well beyond their stark vocal differences.
Great for the Gym
I'm kidding. This record isn't for someone who listens to most of their music on mass transit or on a treadmill. Beautiful songs, simple and deep. Put it on after 9 p.m. and crack a bottle bourbon. Lanegan, obviously, is magnificient. He's on a roll (Bubblegum, first Isobel record, Soulsavers, Gutter Twins) and is rivaled maybe only by Mike Patton as (very different) vocalists expanding their body of work with tons of collaborations. As ever, Campbell is a perfect compliment to Mark's death growl and steadies the vocals throughout.
Mark is Amazing
I love Mark Lanegan, and Isobel Campbell sounds like an angel, together it's heaven and hell singing a duet. But seriously now, I wish people would stop comparing Lanegan to Leonard, no comparison and I don't get it.
Worth the wait.
Figured I'd be patient and not pay $35 for the import. Worth the wait. The first 3 songs kind of threw me for a loop, but once I heard Back Burner with those eerie backing vocals, I was hooked.
Born: April 27, 1976 in Glasgow, Scotland
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s
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||Come Undone||Hawk||5:43||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Come On Over (Turn Me On)||Sunday At Devil Dirt||4:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Hang On||Sunday At Devil Dirt||4:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Snake Song||Hawk||2:48||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Come On Over (Turn Me On)||Sunday At Devil Dirt (Bonus Tracks)||4:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Time of the Season||Hawk||4:28||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||You Won't Let Me Down Again||Hawk||3:30||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Come Undone||Come Undone - Single||5:43||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Monologue for an Old True Love||Amorino||3:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||No Place to Fall||Hawk||3:16||$1.29||View In iTunes|