Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Alt-rock blues darker and scarier than Jon Spencer or even Jack White ever imagined. [24 Dec 2004, p.66]
  2. It's a distillation of the singer's subtly different moods and modes, a cohesive and comprehensive work that stands as the most representative look yet at his musical persona.
  3. His most compelling, not to mention complete, work to date.
  4. Bubblegum is a blues record, a powerfully original reinterpretation of the genre.
  5. 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.
  6. It will undoubtedly top some end of year lists this Christmas.
  7. An album that seethes and rocks with real energy and depth. [22 Aug 2004]
  8. Filter
    It takes willpower and endurance to swim down these dark, dimly lit streams of misery. Even as a listener. [#11, p.98]
  9. Spin
    Gruff stuff... A few rockers lighten the load, but not by much. [Sep 2004, p.120]
  10. New Musical Express (NME)
    A record filled with such emotional scope and range that it's tailor-made to showcase Lanegan's world weary roar. [24 Jul 2004, p.47]
  11. The dank emotional caverns of Bubblegum offer some territory well worth exploring for the strong-willed.
  12. Blender
    Lanegan has finally produced his long-threatened masterpiece. [Oct 2004, p.125]
  13. It is hardly user-friendly, but Bubblegum is too good an album to languish in the margins. There is something thrilling in its unpredictable lurches between darkness and light, noise and melody. In every sense, Bubblegum is a staggering record.
  14. Q Magazine
    Shows [Lanegan] to be more alive and more vital than ever. [Sep 2004, p.121]
  15. Uncut
    It's a departure from previous Lanegan solo LPs... This time, Lanegan is looser, open to both experimentation and, once more, full-on rock. [Sep 2004, p.96]
  16. While the guests push and pull Lanegan in different directions, Bubblegum's songs never lose him in the translation.
  17. Mojo
    It's the feeling of almost imperceptible menace that makes Bubblegum so unsettling. [Aug 2004, p.84]
  18. It is, to be frank, one of the most remarkable and forward-looking rock albums that you will hear all year, and testament to Lanegan’s ability to take desolate lyrics and fashion beautiful, redemptive tunes around them.
  19. In the end, the album’s rather limited scope is justified by the masterful detail with which it is rendered, granting the listener limited entry to a place most of us wouldn’t want to stay long.
  20. If you like blues-oriented rock from a man who can pour out his soul like Robert Pollard's bartender pours Bud Lite, then, by all means, give Bubblegum a try.
  21. The seamy din generated by this revolving ensemble provides a well-matched backdrop for the relentless parade of petty violence, drug deals gone sour, and squalid love affairs portrayed in these songs.
  22. A tad more abrasive and rocking than the late-night blooze of Whiskey For the Holy Ghost and Scraps at Midnight, Bubblegum should appeal to fans of great songwriting.
  23. Alternative Press
    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]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Hein
    Apr 30, 2006
    almost the quality of Mister Tom Waits
  2. May 1, 2017
    I didn't really care for this. I'm a big Screaming Trees, Queens fan but this was just too slow for me. I don't like when previous shreddersI didn't really care for this. I'm a big Screaming Trees, Queens fan but this was just too slow for me. I don't like when previous shredders think a more mature way of songwriting is to slow down and go to motorbike moan into the microphone (See Post Pop Depression). Not awful but just not what I like. Also, I hope that the tradition of putting a weird, throwaway, short track as the first track on an album goes away. Full Review »
  3. HexG.
    Nov 17, 2007
    Stunning album, definatley his best. "Strange Religion" and "Wedding Dress" are stand-out tracks for me