Ballad Of The Broken Seas - Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
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  • Summary: Think Nancy Sinatra-Lee Hazlewood, and you won't be too far off the concept of this album-length pairing of former Belle & Sebastian vocalist Campbell and former Screaming Trees leader (and Queens Of The Stone Age collaborator) Lanegan.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. [Has] the unmistakable feel of an instant classic. [28 Jan 2006, p.34]
  2. This is proof that Campbell made the right decision in leaving Belle And Sebastian.
  3. They have formed the most remarkable of pairings, crafting an album of such beauty that past reference is made redundant.
  4. Together, they’re a marriage made in musical haven.
  5. 80
    Recalls Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra in the way it mingles dark and light, hard and soft, innocence and experience. [Feb 2006, p.80]
  6. 75
    The skeletal guitars, stylized strings, and rhythmic clatter are enough of a flashlight under the chin to spook up these campfire tales. [Mar 2006, p.95]
  7. In the end, there is nothing too paradigm-shifting to be found here, just a nice genre pastiche from two unique talents who won’t disappoint their fans.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. EdwardF
    Dec 20, 2006
    Beautiful. Anyone looking for Mark Lanegan's predictably heart-wrenching, tobaco stained blues will not be disappointed. Also, it finds it's way into the hearts of people looking for classic "miss-match" duet, with Campbels ethereal, often haunting vocals floating mostly in the background to Lanegan's whiskey flavoured growl creating the perfect counter-points for the two artists to work. The album lulls it's lister into a deep slumber with images of the duo sitting in the haze of a smoking pub, still wondering how this unshaven, time-warn grunge rocker from Seattle managed to stumble upon the seemingly untainted, sweet Glaswegian folk singer. But regardless of how it happened I am very happy they did, because what we see is two artists suited so well for each other artisticly and I hope to see further work from them. Expand
  2. time
    Aug 10, 2006
    Very dark and sexy!
  3. MihalisK
    Mar 13, 2006
    Good mixture of the deep voice of M.Lanegan and the ethereal one of Isobel C. Best song the "Black Mountain". Unfortunetaly after the excelent first three songs i can't find another equally good song. Expand