Mark Lanegan
Bubblegum


4.5
superb

Review

by sunflower2020 USER (36 Reviews)
November 14th, 2007 | 23 replies | 9,017 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 21st century blues.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

In 2002, Queens Of The Stone Age released their breakthrough record, their masterpiece "Songs For The Deaf". It is fascinating album, mix of wild and furious rock and roll songs, but some notes show awareness or fear of consequences, bad flashbacks. Mark Lanegan is responsible for many of these moments.

"Bubblegum", his first LP after "Songs For The Deaf" is a logical step further, because of its very low bass-sounds, mechanic-metallic guitar parts (Homme and Oliveri played on "Bubblegum"). "Bubblegum" is darker, more obsessed record, full of tragic stories, fu**ed up characters, laments of lost love, so you can't call it grunge, or stoner rock, but blues or even folk or country.

The most touching moments are his ballads, "Strange Religion", "Come To Me" and "Morning Glory Wine", not too far from Gram Parsons. Of course, there is a huge difference between Gram and Lanegan. Parsons is beautiful fallen angel, too weak to fight, but so emotional and charming to make you cry. Lanegan is hunted beast, lonely wolf, seriously wounded, but also survivor, ready to bite off his own leg if it is necessary. His presence and singing are intimidating and very convincing. Listen to intro of "Metamphetamine Blues", that horror movie laughing, and a couple of seconds after Lanegan cries out: "I don't want to leave this heaven so soon" making Amy Winehouse sound like a good little girl. He sounds so indestructible and strong, but also very devil-ish. Track six: "Will I get hit? I hardly care."

And although it is record full of various demons, Lanegan is strong enough to cope with them the best he can. It is almost a perfect record, with great sense of timing and editing so it is never indulgent. Well, the songs "Can't Come Down", "Head" and "Driving Death Valley Blues" (first one is too chaotic for its own good, other two sound like more of the same) should be put off the album, but it is only a minor aberration.

Although "Bubblegum" is credited to Mark Lanegan Band, there is no real band, but lot of friends and colleagues who helped him with making of this record. And they all made a good job, the playing is universally strong. So we can talk about his "real" band. And duets on "Bombed" and "Come To Me" suggested direction of his next project, "Ballad of The Broken Seas" with Isobel Campbell.



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AtavanHalen
November 14th 2007



17927 Comments


Wow, man, fantastic review. I really like the descriptions; makes me wanna check this out heaps.
He reminds me a bit of Tom Waits, this guy.

sunflower2020
November 14th 2007



35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, Mark Lanegan's voice is pretty Tom Waits-ish, due to cigs and alcohol. But Waits tells stories about various characters, lost boys, fallen angels, and Lanegan is one of them.

sunflower2020
November 14th 2007



35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

BTW thanks for compliments.This Message Edited On 11.14.07

tomwaits4noman
December 11th 2007



91 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

up there with the best of Cave, Waits, Cohen, PJ Harvey

btw nothing like Queens of the Stone age.....

This is an amazing album the emotive and intimate diary of alcohol, heroin, dark corners of life.

porch
February 21st 2011



8453 Comments


this is really good

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2011



6006 Comments


"Driving Death Valley Blues" is such a huge song...

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AirRaid
July 29th 2011



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Strange Religion and When Your number isn't up are so haunting and I always find myself singing along.

Mark Lanegan creates one of the more depressing stories and I can't help but congratulate him.

Sciroccu
September 3rd 2012



758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sympathetic

MichaelSnoxall
November 14th 2012



12163 Comments


Yeah, Mark Lanegan rules. My brother painted a stencil of him and got it signed by Mark after a concert a couple o' years back.

MichaelSnoxall
November 14th 2012



12163 Comments


And we can be guaranteed Insurrection won't come in and gay up the thread because no doubt he's never heard of Mark Lanegan. But yeah, I defs dig Whiskey f/ Holy Ghost the most.

MichaelSnoxall
November 14th 2012



12163 Comments


Tell them to jam Undertow and when they go "Huh, is that the Tool album????," punch them in the nuts.

Anyways, bro, would love to stay and chat, but I got work. Gonna jam some Lanegan on the walk there, have a good one, keep fighting the good fight

MichaelSnoxall
November 14th 2012



12163 Comments


I'm back now

dsroka005
November 14th 2012



1526 Comments


Mark Lanegan is one of my biggest inspirations.. i like his first release best

MichaelSnoxall
November 15th 2012



12163 Comments


yeah good album

dsroka005
November 15th 2012



1526 Comments


i'll answer that.. yes

Wolfhorde
November 15th 2012



13011 Comments


sup potsy that vid def had gypsy swag. wehrmacht swag approved.

Wolfhorde
November 15th 2012



13011 Comments


that'd be gypsy swag to the max but Idk if that's realistic

Wolfhorde
November 15th 2012



13011 Comments


that's gonna be a lot of bitch fights to handle, man. you might wanna reconsider that.

Wolfhorde
November 15th 2012



13011 Comments


still gon' be bitchfights.

MichaelSnoxall
November 15th 2012



12163 Comments


Listen to Whiskey for the Holy Ghost, bro.



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