Blues Funeral - Mark Lanegan
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  • Summary: The seventh Mark Lanegan Band album features guest appearances by Josh Homme, Greg Dulli, Jack Irons, and Alain Johannes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 100
    Taken as a whole, it's a marvellous piece of work, boasting a rare congruence between lyrical themes and musical evocations, and fronted by one of the most broodingly characterful voices in rock music.
  2. Mark Lanegan has accomplished something truly magnificent with Blues Funeral.
  3. Feb 8, 2012
    80
    While most of the album passes by in an oddly comforting, narcotized haze, Lanegan is not above grabbing the devil by the wrist, pushing the pedal to the floor, and throwing down some bare-knuckled hard rock like few others know how.
  4. 75
    The spotlight stays fixed on his darkly soothing intonations throughout, keeping the smoky, low-key aesthetic unvarying despite some stylistic and instrumental adventurousness.
  5. Feb 9, 2012
    70
    Points in a direction that he'd almost certainly be wise to follow on future projects.
  6. Feb 10, 2012
    60
    Though the grappling guitars of 'Riot In My House' wouldn't seem out of place on an MC5 album, Blues Funeral doesn't always kick out the jams.
  7. Feb 7, 2012
    42
    Lanegan's voice may be timeless, but its versatility has its limits--and Blues Funeral tests those limits just a little too much.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 7, 2012
    10
    A stunning, stunning album, and surely contender for album of the year, even at this early stage. Quite possibly the high point of Lanegan's career to date, this sees him in imperious voice, casting his weary eye over scorched landscapes of the heart. That he manages to fuse all the elements of his back catalogue and add an electronic twist to reflect his own listening habits is testimony to an artist firing on all cylinders. And then some. Beg steal or borrow a copy of this. Or, if your principles are on straight, buy one and let Mark know you love him. Expand
  2. Mar 14, 2012
    10
    On blues funeral Mark Lanegan has added some some 80s style electronics to his usual bleak mixture of alternative rock and rootsy blues; surprisingly this works incredibly well; and tunes like ode to sad disco and, in particular, Harbour View Hospital are real highlights on what is probably his best album yet. Expand
  3. Mar 15, 2012
    10
    Mr Lanegan does it again. A very very special record. You'll struggle to hear anything better this year. This will deservedly feature in most right minded folks best of/top 10 lists come December. A "Let England Shake" for 2012. Expand
  4. Feb 12, 2012
    9
    Great! I'm blown away,particularly with those songs driven by more noticeable electropop influence,kind of new moment in Lanegan's canon.And 'Ode to Sad Disco' is the very best disco song I heard in ages! Expand
  5. Jan 17, 2013
    8
    Fabulous review. I've been listening to it on a streaming (official!) sharedsorrows.com - and you're not exaggerating. Ode to Sad Disco on paper sounded like a terrible idea but the execution is wonderful. Expand
  6. BKM
    Feb 21, 2012
    8
    Blues Funeral is a dark, lyrical and hypnotic piece of alt-rock/blues with a strong electronic undercurrent. Listeners who are looking for something pop-pier and less murky will do well to look elsewhere. For those who appreciate the darker side of things, it is an album to savor. Expand
  7. Mar 1, 2012
    4
    When Mark Lanegan produces a mediocre electro-pop album, then you know for sure, humanity is doomed! There are some decent songs in, but if you expect the raw, emotional, melancholy masterpieces of years past you're in for an unpleasant surprise. Expand

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