• Record Label: Ipecac
  • Release Date: May 14, 2013
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. May 16, 2013
    90
    An unassuming and bewitching masterpiece.
  2. Jun 10, 2013
    80
    Together with Duke Garwood, on Black Pudding he's created something rich and delicious.
  3. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    Another strong addition to Lanegan’s increasingly impressive canon, it makes despair sound worryingly inviting.
  4. May 14, 2013
    80
    Although a quiet album, it’s not one that ever seems to tire, always remaining interesting.
  5. May 13, 2013
    80
    If you haven't bought one of his [Mark Lanegan's] records for a while, this is a great place to get reacquainted. [Jun 2013, p.100]
  6. May 10, 2013
    80
    It is the instrumentation that offers the complexity, bringing texture to this deceptively simple-sounding album. [Jun 2013, p.72]
  7. 75
    By plunging impassively into their own hearts of darkness, Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood have demonstrated that there’s still plenty of life lurking in the muddy waters of the blues.
  8. May 17, 2013
    70
    Yes, it takes several listens to really get into it and separate the songs from one other, and there are a few duds (“Sphinx” and “Driver”, in particular), but the term “cult album” was coined for records such as Black Pudding.
  9. May 13, 2013
    70
    Garwood's haunted musical vision is seamlessly suited to underscore Lanegan's dry-as-dust vocals and his American Gothic lyric skills.
  10. May 13, 2013
    70
    So we get the usual talk of death rides, mescalitoes and, erm, black pudding. But when the duo do click, it’s masterful.
  11. May 10, 2013
    70
    Black Pudding is like any other Lanegan record, just with better chops. [No. 98, p.56]
  12. May 10, 2013
    70
    Aside from a few missteps, the most egregious being the Clavinova funk of "Cold Molly," this is well worthwhile for fans of either artist and those seeking some high-grade, low-key authenticity. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.93]
  13. May 17, 2013
    67
    Black Pudding might not be High Plains Drifter, but it’s a suitably entertaining bad-ass diversion a la The Gauntlet.
  14. May 20, 2013
    60
    Both men have made better albums and Black Pudding sounds like a couple of guys too deferential to each other to actually raise a challenge and push a boundary or two. [Jun 2013, p.85]
  15. May 15, 2013
    60
    Though the sound is stripped down--limited mainly to voice, guitar and unusual atmospherics--the effect is also fairly frenzied and typically creepy as well.
  16. May 10, 2013
    60
    Black Pudding, like the foodstuff it’s named after, is more of an acquired taste.
  17. 60
    The teaming of Mark Lanegan with multi-instrumentalist bluesman Duke Garwood is an alliance of congruent attitudes and approaches.
  18. 50
    It’s a less appealing debut than Lanegan’s first records with, say, Isobel Campbell or Soulsavers, and a challenging introduction to American audiences for the talented Garwood.

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