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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
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  1. This is proof that Campbell made the right decision in leaving Belle And Sebastian.
  2. Ballad of the Broken Seas is mysterious and theatrical and totally cool.
  3. [Has] the unmistakable feel of an instant classic. [28 Jan 2006, p.34]
  4. Ballad of the Broken Seas is a superbly crafted bit of late-night introspection that brings out the best in both Lanegan and Campbell.
  5. '...Broken Seas', though understated and pretty, tingles with furtive sexual chemistry.
  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. A match-up like this one needs the right balance between angel and devil, and... Campbell's fragile alto is just no match for Lanegan. [May 2006, p.162]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. EdwardF
    Dec 20, 2006
    10
    Beautiful. Anyone looking for Mark Lanegan's predictably heart-wrenching, tobaco stained blues will not be disappointed. Also, it finds 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
    8
    Very dark and sexy!
  3. MihalisK
    Mar 13, 2006
    7
    Good mixture of the deep voice of M.Lanegan and the ethereal one of Isobel C. Best song the "Black Mountain". Unfortunetaly after the 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