MARK LANEGAN – ” Skeleton Key “

Posted: February 22, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Mark Lanegan, the former Screaming Trees frontman and monumental voice has a new
solo album ready called “Straight Songs Of Sorrow”. Here’s the excellent lead single ‘Skeleton Key’. An extended, haunting ballad with an instant hypnotic effect. It’s a self-blaming, melancholic and heavy-hearted reflection. “Ugly, I’m so very ugly inside and out, there’ no denying, why should you love me”. Even after all these years when I hear Lanegan’s vocal I get goosebumps. Strangely enough, the darkness he always creates feels comfortable and inspiring. Another stunning achievement by the genuine troubadour.

When considering any great work of art, be it a painting, a novel, or a piece of music, it’s natural to wonder what might have inspired it: ‘the story behind the song’. Mark Lanegan’s new album flips that equation. Here are 15 songs inspired by a story :Lanegan will be issuing his book of memoir’s called ‘Sing Backwards And Weep’ out this spring.

Following the success of last year’s ‘Somebody’s Knocking’ LP, Mark Lanegan has announced the news of his new solo album, ‘Straight Songs Of Sorrow’, released 8th May via Heavenly Recordings. The album, which is closely aligned to his forthcoming memoir, “Sing Backwards And Weep”, features guest appearances from Greg Dulli, Warren Ellis, John Paul Jones, Ed Harcourt and others.

Straight Songs Of Sorrow combines musical trace elements from early Mark Lanegan albums with the synthesized constructs of later work. The meditative acoustic guitar fingerpicking – provided by Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton – on Apples From A Tree and Hanging On (For DRC) echo 1994’s Whiskey For The Holy Ghost. Yet one of that record’s touchstones was Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, echoed in the new album’s openerI Wouldn’t Want To Say, where Lanegan extemporises *à la Ballerina over musique concrète wave patterns generated by his latest favourite compositional tool, a miniature computer-synth called the Organelle.

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