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  • Artist(s): Mark Lanegan
  • Summary: The 11th full-length studio release was recorded over 11 days in Los Angeles with contributions from Martin Jenkins, Rob Marshall, and Sietse van Gorkom.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 95
    Somebody’s Knocking represents the point of no return – he's finally surpassed his past achievements, forgotten his past lives, cast off his old names and fully solidified his position as the pre-eminent ruler of the dark kingdom of gothic rock.
  2. Oct 14, 2019
    90
    The feelings of isolation that Lanegan has channeled into his music and lyrics are beautifully served by the influences that he’s using, and the result is an album that feels both current and historical. Most importantly, it’s another absolute masterclass crammed with songs that drill their way into your head and stay there.
  3. Mojo
    Oct 9, 2019
    80
    Lanegan brings dependable authenticity to these savvy pop songs; dire admonitions, but also an abundance of swagger and fun. [Nov 2019, p.94]
  4. Q Magazine
    Oct 9, 2019
    80
    There's a real elegance, even a joy, to the way he mixes his dark materials. [Nov 2019, p.112]
  5. Kerrang!
    Oct 9, 2019
    80
    Somebody's Knocking is undoubtedly a labour of love for its creator, and a joy for everybody else. [12 Oct 2019, p.55]
  6. Oct 18, 2019
    80
    Somebody’s Knocking could be a lost 1980s New Wave album. A really good one. ... What’s impressive about the album is that while the mode of delivery is electronic, there’s a live heartbeat beneath all of the songs that consistently reveals Lanegan’s humanity.
  7. The Wire
    Oct 16, 2019
    50
    Somebody’s Knocking is marginally more rockin’ than 2017’s uninspired Gargoyle – due to a slightly increased emphasis on guitar – but it doesn’t measure up to 2014’s Phantom Radio (or its EP companion No Bells On Sunday). [Oct 2019, p.63]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Nov 2, 2019
    10
    Great album, the best album after the Blues Funeral, that to me, is the best of his career.
  2. Oct 23, 2019
    4
    Disappointing, uninspired offering from Lanegan in this fans humble opinion. Disbelief Suspension and Radio Silence are the only memorableDisappointing, uninspired offering from Lanegan in this fans humble opinion. Disbelief Suspension and Radio Silence are the only memorable songs {and they're far from his best}.. Everything else just fails to leave any lasting impression sadly. Expand
  3. Nov 3, 2019
    3
    Blues Funeral is one of my favorite albums but Lanegan's output since then has been patchy at best. Somebody's Knocking is arguably a careerBlues Funeral is one of my favorite albums but Lanegan's output since then has been patchy at best. Somebody's Knocking is arguably a career nadir unfortunately. An album for completists only. Expand