Mark Lanegan solo album recommendations...

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I've recently picked up "Whiskey for the Holy Ghost," "Field Songs," and "Here Comes that Weird Chill," and I can't stop listening to them. I think he's a really soulful singer and talented lyricist--dunno how I missed him for so long. The music kind of burrows its way in...

Does anyone have recommendations for further listening, suggestions...opinions,,,etc.?

shookout (shookout), Friday, 23 July 2004 12:03 (sixteen years ago) link

I think all his solo albums are mint except for 'The Winding Sheet', which is OK - 'I'll Take Care of you' is my favorite. Go back and get the last 2 Screaming Trees albums as well, Dust and Sweet Oblivion

I've not heard his new album yet, but I thought Here Comes that Wierd Chill was a bit hit and miss

actionjackson72, Friday, 23 July 2004 12:25 (sixteen years ago) link

'Bubblegum' is killer. 'Sweet Oblivion' you can't live without, even if you don't think you like the Trees. fuck, they're all good. he's the best thing on the last Twilight Singers album as well.

stevie (stevie), Friday, 23 July 2004 12:40 (sixteen years ago) link

The Winding Sheet isn't too bad if taken in context (height of grunge craze, underdeveloped as a solo performer). Scraps at Midnight is probably my personal favorite...either that, or Whiskey (which you've already got).

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Friday, 23 July 2004 12:44 (sixteen years ago) link

really looking forward to bubblegum, if the latest ep offers any indication on where the album might be heading. he'll be performing in my hometown next month!

lanegan solo-albums: i love them all :) i'll take care of you is a wonderfully subdued covers-album. some of my favorite songs are on the winding sheet (title track, "wildflowers", "undertow" his voice on "eyes of a child", kurt's guitar on "where did you sleep last night")

like XX-drinking stevie, i heartily recommend sweet oblivion. early trees work is a bit more hit-and-miss, but there's an excellent compilation (anthology) that's still available i think.

willem (willem), Friday, 23 July 2004 13:01 (sixteen years ago) link

The new one is pretty good, it doesn't hold a candle to Field Songs but by any other standards it's solid. Even the kind of quasi-industrial rhythmic bits come off well. Out a week Monday I think

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Friday, 23 July 2004 13:03 (sixteen years ago) link

anthology is available in every US record store second hand for $2. which is cool, because anyone who loves Lanegan needs to hear 'grey diamond desert', because that's the song where his whiskey-stewed baritone snaps into being.

stevie (stevie), Friday, 23 July 2004 13:22 (sixteen years ago) link

'grey diamond desert'


willem (willem), Friday, 23 July 2004 14:26 (sixteen years ago) link

winding sheet is my personal fave, is there a more strange, stunning track than "juarez"?

drew, Friday, 23 July 2004 14:29 (sixteen years ago) link

As Whiskey was mentioned, the question was answered.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 24 July 2004 00:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Thanks, everyone.

shookout (shookout), Saturday, 24 July 2004 15:03 (sixteen years ago) link

What? I'm the only person who likes Scraps at Midnight?

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Saturday, 24 July 2004 15:06 (sixteen years ago) link


Scraps is dope.

steeve mcqueen (steeve mcqueen), Sunday, 25 July 2004 09:30 (sixteen years ago) link

but the best ever is "Creeping Coastline of Lights" from the covers record.

steeve mcqueen (steeve mcqueen), Sunday, 25 July 2004 09:32 (sixteen years ago) link

two years pass...
the search engine only works about 10% of the time for me. like the review archive on pitchfork.

Charlie Howard (the sphinx), Monday, 9 October 2006 14:05 (fourteen years ago) link

What happened when you typed in 'Lanegan' in the thread title box? Or did you do that?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 9 October 2006 14:07 (fourteen years ago) link

the winding sheet is beautiful.

held tony (held tony), Monday, 9 October 2006 14:08 (fourteen years ago) link


if i had've it would have brought up decidely outdated threads like this one.

just kidding. point taken

and yes, *sigh* the winding sheet is my personal fave, followed by the ghostly scraps at midnight

Charlie Howard (the sphinx), Monday, 9 October 2006 14:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Whiskey For The Holy Ghost, Winding Sheet.

But hell all of them are great.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Monday, 9 October 2006 14:14 (fourteen years ago) link

"I'll Take Care of You"

earinfections (Nick Twisp), Monday, 9 October 2006 16:42 (fourteen years ago) link

What happened when you typed in 'Lanegan' in the thread title box? Or did you do that?

Realised he was being limited to solo albums? Tough shit, I can highly recommend Ballad of the Broken Seas.

ailsa (ailsa), Monday, 9 October 2006 16:52 (fourteen years ago) link

(mostly written by Isobel Campbell, I know, but still a worthwhile addition to any list of things involving Mark Lanegan)

ailsa (ailsa), Monday, 9 October 2006 16:56 (fourteen years ago) link

from a semi-recent issue of Decibel re: Josh Homme talking about Lanegan:

...Homme has dealt with similar questions regarding Mark Lanegan, whose formidable presence is noticeably absent from Over the Years and Through the Woods. Lanegan is seemingly the only member of Queens with access to a revolving door—he left Queens right around the time Oliveri was fired, but returned to the fold less than a year later. However, those familiar with Lanegan’s somewhat sordid history shouldn’t be all that surprised. “Mark has had a drug problem for years that’s just deadly,” Homme explains. “I love the guy—he’s one of my closest friends, and that’s why I can’t hang around him right now. It sucks, because I want to. I’ve always sought ways to try to elevate Mark in the public eye so more people would know who he was. But you know, he’s unwilling to even let people know when he has a record out. [Lanegan has released six solo albums since 1990.] He’s not that social of a guy, and I wish he’d understand that he doesn’t understand what the rest of the people don’t understand about him. He writes great music, and it doesn’t need to be any more than that. I love him, but he also needs to get up off the cross and fuckin’ play rock n’ roll.”

shookout (shookout), Monday, 9 October 2006 18:51 (fourteen years ago) link

Homme said in a couple of interviews, when bringing Lanegan to Australia as a member of QOTSA two years ago, that he was doing so simply because he expected Lanegan would be dead by the time he got home if no-one was keeping an eye on him. Greg Dulli might be acting under the same sense of responsibility of late, as Lanegan has been touring internationally with the Twilight Singers in a similar couple-of-vocals-per-night role.

occasional mongrel (kit brash), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 08:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes, I've heard the same. And there's a new song called "Bonnie Brae" on the Dulli's new Twilight Singers record that's supposed to be about Lanegan, note the ref. to Sweet Oblivion, and Bonnie Brae is a dope-copping hotspot in or around L.A.:

Bonnie Brae, Twilight Singers

there was a rapture
so i can never see you anymore
nightmares believable
walking into sweet oblivion
i'm not saying it's easy
to feel it all nor not at all
when somebody say, lay down your gun
and when you lay it down, get ready to run

situation dire
it's gone away, it's not going away
since you're wasting time again, my friend
on bonnie brae, on bonnie brae

if she's your master
then get down on your knees and beg for more
i'm not saying it's easier
to live your life like her little whore

'cuz when you play with fire
take your fate, it's not going away
situation dire, on bonnie brae
on bonnie brae, on bonnie brae

the soul, the screen, the smoke in between
the rise, the fall, the thrill of
the first, the last, the sins of the past
the burn, the fade, the skin that you've flayed
come see, the sun, kill everyone
but me, i'm free indubitably

There was a rapture
So I can never see you anymore
Not saying it's easy
Not saying it's easy...

shookout (shookout), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 11:36 (fourteen years ago) link

lanegan has a unique skill of taking a slow song and making it...captivating

Charlie Howard (the sphinx), Tuesday, 10 October 2006 11:44 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

His collaborations have been great but I am more than ready for a new solo record, Bubblegum seems like it came out ages ago. Lately I have really been enjoying I'll Take Care Of You.


Jim, Sunday, 29 June 2008 20:53 (twelve years ago) link

Bubblegum is probably my favorite, i actually pulled it out last week for a spin. but i need to hear all the solo records (i've heard maybe half of them). great guy though, was killer on the Gutter Twins tour this spring.

stephen, Sunday, 29 June 2008 21:13 (twelve years ago) link

He's too old.
96BPM at best

Fer Ark, Sunday, 29 June 2008 21:15 (twelve years ago) link

Fer Dumb Comment?

Jim, Sunday, 29 June 2008 22:07 (twelve years ago) link

yeah that was stupid. Lanegan's great live. he's not about showmanship, stage presence, anything like that. it's all about That Voice. and man does he still have it going live (and on record, btw).

stephen, Sunday, 29 June 2008 23:47 (twelve years ago) link

five years pass...

Heard that the other day -- the man's still got it.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:43 (seven years ago) link

v nice

Me & Mahomies (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Monday, 16 September 2013 21:35 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

this is basically American VI: YOLT, isn't it? I keep imagining that Mark recorded several albums' worth of cover songs with Martin Feveyear, with this album being the final installment of odds 'n' sods that didn't make it onto the earlier collections. I know Mark chose the material himself and has a sincere appreciation for the original artists, but there's a whiff of "give this guy any old schlock, and he'll put his own world-weary, whiskey-soaked stamp on it" to the project. with the exception of "Pretty Colors", the oldies material is weaker than the contemporary stuff.

part of what I liked about I'll Take Care of You is that he was unashamed to play tastemaster, covering cool, obscure singer-songwriters like Tim Hardin, Fred Neil, Dave Van Ronk who were obvious precursors for his own music. but on Imitations he isn't ashamed of his uncool, somewhat kitschy track picks, and ironically the performances are stiffer and more self-conscious because he's less suited to the material. the sweet string arrangements only heighten the disconnect between singer and song. it's not a bad album, but it's definitely his weakest solo effort. to my ears, this album, his collaborations with Isobel Campell, and some of his guest appearances are little more than showcases for his wonderful singing voice, but that isn't enough to interest me anymore. eh, Blues Funeral and the Gutter Twins album were great, so I'm not worried that he's completely run out of ideas.

Remember! The cormorant is a big brrd. It has got a long neck. (unregistered), Monday, 28 October 2013 02:38 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

I can't believe he shelved these songs for 13 years. some of his best work, imho.

scarlett bohansson (unregistered), Thursday, 27 August 2015 23:30 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

Huh, apparently no talk about Gargoyle, his newest, on here, or maybe I've just forgotten where it is. Came out a few months ago and while I picked out a couple of great songs from it from the start -- "Beehive" is my favorite, easy -- a relisten last night made it fully click front to back -- it's easy to say Yet Another Great Mark Lanegan album but it really is. A remix EP also came out that's really enjoyable.

But I also bring this up because after nearly 25 years of being actively interested in his work I finally saw him last night live for the first time. What a ridiculously good show. As my girlfriend said, it's remarkable just how easy his backing band made everything look, just one sharp performance after another in all manner of approaches and styles. Meantime the man himself similarly nailed it, that rich and ragged sound song for song, and all he had to do was just stand there, sing, maybe move a bit here and there and otherwise limit it to occasional thank-yous and a band introduction near the end.

What blew my mind into the next room was the final song, though -- a cover of "Love Will Tear Us Apart," unintroduced. They just hit those opening riffs and I thought I might know it, then the full synth part kicked in and goddamn. And it couldn't have been a better match for both his voice and his aesthetic.

All that and it was just refreshing to see someone like that who had 'the big hit' with "Nearly Lost You" all that time back not feeling the need to play it all, and nobody missing it or caring. Some acts aren't so lucky.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 28 August 2017 13:52 (three years ago) link

The new album is one of my favourites of this year. I saw Lanegan with Masters Of Reality supporting him some years back. He was great. Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri were backing Chris Goss in MOR.

starving street dogs of punk rock (Odysseus), Monday, 28 August 2017 13:54 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

This is already going to be one of my reads of the year next year

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 8 August 2019 23:37 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

I haven't really kept up with his output over the last couple of years, the man's been pretty prolific!
MLB have just released a new album, Somebody's Knocking, the AMG review of which makes me curious to hear it.
He's also released a collaborative album (as Dark Mark, lol) with Italian musician Not Waving (whose solo output I've been enjoying a lot): Downwelling. This is an album I've grown to love over the last few weeks. The music evokes an idiosyncratic atmosphere of melancholy bleakness that matches so well with his vocals. Highly recommended.

willem, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 13:07 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

no real interest in lanegan's stuff normally but what an odd and excellent record 'downwelling' is

Wee Bloabby (NickB), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 16:13 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

I haven't heard his last couple albums, but he seems to have some very, uh, interesting ideas these days

panburger partner (unregistered), Friday, 24 July 2020 00:36 (nine months ago) link

His new memoir is pretty great (although it stops around 1998ish, so we need a sequel), but he's clearly gone off the deep end with the 5G nonsense.

beamish13, Friday, 24 July 2020 01:25 (nine months ago) link

eight months pass...

dude is on a mission to do as many guest vocals as possible it seems like? The Armed and Moby this week alone

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Friday, 16 April 2021 14:07 (three weeks ago) link

tbf Moby could actually be a member of The Armed

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Friday, 16 April 2021 14:07 (three weeks ago) link


imago, Friday, 16 April 2021 14:16 (three weeks ago) link

if he lifts for 8 months maybe

imago, Friday, 16 April 2021 14:16 (three weeks ago) link

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