• Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: Oct 21, 2014
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
Buy On
  1. 100
    Unlike most gothic pop, Lanegan’s art is not a matter of fashion or mascara: it’s a genuine cri du coeur, as rare and beautiful as anything in music.
  2. Oct 21, 2014
    92
    Left to his own devices without any interference from outside interests, and an astounding album of dark, sultry music like this is what you get in return.
  3. Classic Rock Magazine
    Dec 17, 2014
    80
    There's no faking this kind of quality. [Nov 2014, p.93]
  4. Mojo
    Nov 6, 2014
    80
    A brave, inspired step into the unknown. [Nov 2014, p.100]
  5. 80
    There are no wasted moments, let alone throwaways on this superbly sequenced 40 minute disc. Every track glistens with Lanegan’s emotional and expressive words, perfectly sung with just the right balance of ennui and intensity.
  6. Oct 21, 2014
    80
    In total, Phantom Radio is the quintessential Mark Lanegan album, both a great starting point for those uninitiated to his world and a document that the most devoted members of his cult fan base will cherish as one of his best.
  7. Oct 20, 2014
    80
    Lanegan has infused much of this material with the sounds of his influences successfully. Admittedly it is a little tinny in places, and sometimes the warmth of that voice makes for an awkward fit with the detachment of the music, but for the most part, it works rather well.
  8. 80
    A sullen and graceful record that brings out the very best of the gruff veteran.
  9. Oct 13, 2014
    80
    This far into his career Mark Lanegan was unlikely to start making albums that are any less than engaging, but it’s still testament to his creativity and love of his art that ‘Phantom Radio’ is such a successful departure from bluesy rock and roll.
  10. Q Magazine
    Oct 10, 2014
    80
    What distinguishes Phantom Radio as a "band" project rather than a solo one is moot, but when the result is this good, who cares? [Nov 2014, p.114]
  11. Oct 10, 2014
    80
    Phantom Radio feels like a real upping of the game. [Nov 2014, p.70]
  12. Oct 10, 2014
    80
    The subject matter (death, sin, the occasional hanging) is hardly any cheerier, but Torn Red Heart might be the most beautiful love song Lanegan has ever recorded.
  13. Oct 23, 2014
    70
    Since his days fronting grunge-era rockers Screaming Trees, baritone growler Mark Lanegan has pursued a raw, doomy primitivism. This is a 21st-century version of the same.
  14. Oct 20, 2014
    70
    Phantom Radio shows that a bit more production polish and digital styling hasn't fogged Lanegan's message, and Phantom Radio reveals the singer and his songs are as strong and as eloquent as ever.
  15. Oct 16, 2014
    70
    This is an impressive record that occasionally tries to cram too many ideas into one place but more than makes up for it in sheer song-writing quality.
  16. Oct 20, 2014
    67
    One thing he is remarkably good at across his body of work is letting in disarming moments of vulnerability, where he pulls you in to spectate upon the wreck of his life. On Phantom Radio there are just a few too many times when it's all dressed up in unnecessary complication.
  17. Magnet
    Nov 5, 2014
    65
    It's yet another solid Lanegan album, although it lacks the harrowing edge of 2004's Bubblegum or the lascivious humor of his collaboration with Isobel Campbell. [No. 114, p.59]
  18. Under The Radar
    Dec 19, 2014
    60
    It's more a big tent revival for existentialists than anything else. [Dec 2014, p.66]
  19. Kerrang!
    Nov 24, 2014
    60
    Its bleak, grungy soundscape doesn't always hit, but when it does, Mr. Lanegan is captivating. [18 Oct 2014, p.54]
  20. Oct 17, 2014
    60
    As a rock and roll journeyman, Lanegan's interesting direction on Phantom Radio is commendable even if it is not entirely magnetic.
  21. Oct 13, 2014
    60
    It's decent and fairly enjoyable, but nothing astounds.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Apr 24, 2015
    10
    Mark hasn't made a bad album since, well, ever. Every track is awesome and unlike Blues Funeral it didn't take me a few listens to fullyMark hasn't made a bad album since, well, ever. Every track is awesome and unlike Blues Funeral it didn't take me a few listens to fully embrace all of the songs. It has a directness that is a little more prevalent on this release. His sound has gotten more concise since his collaboration with Soul Savers, hope his current trend continues. Full Review »
  2. Oct 22, 2014
    5
    Bah..I have all Lanegans Cds..he is among my favs artists..this release was a major letdown! I found it way too dull. I dont mind LanegansBah..I have all Lanegans Cds..he is among my favs artists..this release was a major letdown! I found it way too dull. I dont mind Lanegans dark lyrics but on Phantom Radio, these go beyond dark. They are more on the depressing side. At some point one would think that Lanegan would let go his inner demons but apparently no..I have one word to describe the songs on this release, redundant...Usually when I listen to Lanegans music, I go to the next cd in line and the next..after listening to Phantom Radio, I just wanted to listen to something else!! Full Review »