I was listening to Through a Crooked Soon on a daily basis on week 5, prior to the flash trip to Amsterdam, when I was advised that Mark Lanegan’s album had leaked, some days before its worldwide release, by a close acquaintance who, not only sent me the link to find this treasure, but also insisted I had to check it immediately.
Who said closing Megaupload would mean the end of an era? Nah! This is the same as it happened before with Napster, Audiogalaxy and other means of file sharing. We take things for granted, and have lost the real perspective. Free downloading might be available, but it’s not fair for the artists.
Anyway, don’t feel like starting a polemic and endless discussion regarding downloads. I download stuff sometimes, mainly films and TV series, and in case of albums, I end up purchasing them, so…
Blues Funeral leaked, my copy is on its way from UK and this has definitely been the album I’ve actually listened to, for the past 2 weeks incessantly. And I’m very glad I did.
Gotta say first, my passion for Screaming Trees has increased and settled in the recent past years, and something similar is happening right now with Lanegan. Cannot say I have all his stuff under my scope, but little by little I’m getting closer.
What I can tell you now is that I adore his broken and dark voice, his melodies, the darkness and desolation in his lyrics, and the proper artist, one of a kind.
I didn’t have any expectations when I attacked Blues Funeral. I’ve heard so many contradictory comments related to his solo career, I really didn’t have any particular idea about he was to offer. Guess this was the key for this album to impress me in such a way from the very first chord. As soon as I started listening to The Gravedigger’s Song, I was shriveled and stunned by its power and intensity.
What is actually happening to me with this album is that, the more I listen to it, the more I dig songs, and it’s like every two days, I have a crush on a different one.
First it was The Gravedigger’s Song, then it was turn for hypnotic Bleeding Muddy Water, some days ago my favorite was St. Louis Eulogy, and today I can’t get Ode to Sad Disco out of my head. I particularly love this swinging opinion, seems that I dig this stuff, and also that there are many features to consider and discover.
Electronic programmed rhythms and arrangements are constantly present in the album, perhaps creating this dark and decadent atmosphere Blues Funeral evokes. It’s not something I am accustomed to, but I find these devices fitting perfectly, without inhibiting intensity at all.
Right before the album release, European Tour Dates were announced, and fortunately, he will visit us here in Spain, introducing this new album in April. I already got my tickets. It’ll be my Lanegan baptism, and I’m very excited about it.