Broken - Soulsavers
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  • Summary: The third album for the electronic duo features Mark Lanegan as the main singer, with Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Jason Pierce, Mike Patton, Richard Hawley, and Gibby Haynes as guest vocalists.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
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  1. While the two outer instrumentals are undeniably moving, this record is definitely Mark Lanegan's. There is no voice quite like his--and none that leaves the same impact.
  2. 90
    Soulsavers continue to challenge themselves and are able to produce a great album musically and lyrically. Overall, the album is cohesive and strong on almost every level.
  3. 80
    Broken repeats the team-up, but in wider-screen yet, fully evocative of its genesis in the sprawl of Los Angeles. [Sep 2009, p.95]
  4. Never before has a band name been more aptly descriptive of their music.
  5. Soulsavers shove the mic in Mark Lanegan's hand and tell him to growl as loud as he can. He brings his friends, they all join in, and they make a lot of sense.
  6. Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age) is undoubtedly at the heart of Broken, but he’s also joined by guests like Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes, Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce, Pulp’s Mike Hawley, and Faith No More’s Mike Patton. There’s also newcomer Red Ghost, who more than carries her weight in making Broken a first-class Soulsavers disc.
  7. 60
    While Lanegan could sing the Richard Stilgoe songbook and still enthral, there remains a hint of contrivance about Soulsavers' self-consciously cinematic, grungey trip hop. [Sep 2009, p.95]

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  1. zorrofox
    Aug 22, 2009
    10
    Stunning! Deep, complex and occasionally jarring but ultimately this is beautiful music played with an underhand drama I haven't heard Stunning! Deep, complex and occasionally jarring but ultimately this is beautiful music played with an underhand drama I haven't heard in a long while. Highly recommended. Expand
  2. BrentS
    Sep 10, 2009
    10
    Easily the top album of 2009 so far. From the first listen it grabbed hold of my ear and my emotions. A fantastic record musically that goes Easily the top album of 2009 so far. From the first listen it grabbed hold of my ear and my emotions. A fantastic record musically that goes way beyond the technical and production expertise and grabs you in the gut. Definitely music you can feel. Wonderful stuff. Expand
  3. PalleH
    Oct 18, 2009
    10
    Mark Lanagan makes anything he touches shine - apparently.