Bubblegum - Mark Lanegan Band
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9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 32 Ratings

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  • Summary: The former Screaming Trees member and Queens Of The Stone Age collaborator returns with his sixth solo album, credited to the Mark Lanegan Band. Guests include Ween, PJ Harvey, Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri and Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan.
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Alt-rock blues darker and scarier than Jon Spencer or even Jack White ever imagined. [24 Dec 2004, p.66]
  2. Bubblegum is a blues record, a powerfully original reinterpretation of the genre.
  3. Lanegan's lyrics are poetic, well thought out and devastatingly honest, making this more a serious artistic account than some braggadocio bullshit. And then add to that the fact the music is just fantastic.
  4. Shows [Lanegan] to be more alive and more vital than ever. [Sep 2004, p.121]
  5. 80
    It's the feeling of almost imperceptible menace that makes Bubblegum so unsettling. [Aug 2004, p.84]
  6. 80
    Lanegan has finally produced his long-threatened masterpiece. [Oct 2004, p.125]
  7. It's a deathfest of sound and fury, quietly melancholy and fiercely apocalyptic. But it's a tale that grows wearier with every listen. [Sep 2004, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
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  1. Hein
    Apr 30, 2006
    10
    almost the quality of Mister Tom Waits
  2. NathanZ
    Aug 30, 2005
    10
    this is the album SETI should be transmitting to the stars. Nothing compares. When mark lanegan passes away, he will have Elvis on his left, and McCartney on his right...... jamming on the other side. Expand
  3. brent
    May 11, 2006
    10
    Eeerie, irrestible. Discovered him recently. Never would connect him to the singer of Screaming Tree's I Nearly Lost You. Coulda shaved 2-3 songs off and this would be a cult masterpiece. Why the 10?: Stripped down sound/PJ Harvey doing ten times what Isobel Campbell could do in 2 songs/that voice/that writing/that insight. Lanegan is CONSTANTLY UNFAIRLY compared to Waits. Waits is a great musician/writer but he keeps a distance from his creations. That being said, Waits is powerful enough to make you cry or wistful. It's a gift. Lanegan's creations are ugly and comfortable. Places and feelings and lives and moments lived that you'd rather not discuss. Emphatic musicians on one's albums are half the battle. A very intuitive group of friends clanking away earnest and moody depending on song. I've never heard so realized and moving a self-testament in so long. And PJ Harvey on only 2 cuts makes you greedy for more. She understands this bastard and for as many duets Lanegan and Harvey have done with others, they really click together. If you've never been the protagonist in "100 Days" or "Strange Religion" no worries. It helps, but I really like this Lanegan guy, will be checking out his solo albums if I ever burn out on this CD...a truly unique and powerful American artist. Expand
  4. pauli
    Aug 21, 2004
    9
    Captain Beefheart meet Tom Waits. Can you hear the desert calling?That album speaks inside you.What an earthquake!One of the best albums of the year.
  5. HexG.
    Nov 17, 2007
    9
    Stunning album, definatley his best. "Strange Religion" and "Wedding Dress" are stand-out tracks for me
  6. marapranom
    Jan 18, 2005
    9
    easily the best rock album of the year. Masterpiece
  7. BenJ
    Aug 10, 2004
    8
    I would summarise this album as Keith Richards singing Death In Vegas' "The Contino Sessions". This a wonderful, atmospheric, brilliantly sequenced, melodic album, which managers to be both bleak and uplifting. The gentle acoustic songs sit well with the rockier cuts - it's just all very impressive. Highly recommended! Expand

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