Mark Lanegan 

Bubblegum (Beggars Banquet)

The sixth solo record from Mark Lanegan, the dusky-voiced former singer of the Screaming Trees, sounds ripped from the darkest recesses of the human psyche. Murky psychedelic rock songs down a few rounds of bitter whiskey on "Head" and "Sideways in Reverse," while the Grim Reaper stops by for a nightcap on the Velvet Underground-sighing of "Strange Religion."

Bubblegum also features contributions from Afghan Whig/Twilight Singer Greg Dulli, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, and PJ Harvey, who brings the tortured bluster on the white-hot sleaze of "Hit the City." Instead of overwhelming the songs, however, these collaborations contribute mightily to the disc's dark textures -- like the grinding factory clanks driving the sweaty standout "Methamphetamine Blues" -- and underscore Lanegan's similarities to Tom Waits. And although the middle of the disc lags in places, Bubblegum's bookends make up for any shortcomings: "When Your Number Is Up" creaks with Low-era Bowie creepiness, and "Out of Nowhere" is a fitting epitaph, filled with skeletal piano that sounds at once fatal and hopeful.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • At the Movies — North by Northwest LIVE @ Severance Hall

    • Sun., Nov. 19
  • John Caparulo @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Thu., Nov. 23
  • Cleveland Improv Jam @ Coffee Phix

    • Sundays

© 2017 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation