Broken (CD)


Soulsavers

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Amoeba Review

Amoeba Staff 05/13/2010


The Soulsavers’ third full-length album (and their second collaboration with Mark Lanegan) further expands the dark and cinematic gospel-electronica/blues-rock the group is notorious for. Broken finds the Soulsavers duo—of Rich Machin and Ian Glover—pairing epic, soulful passages with Lanegan’s ragged, smoky voice and a host of guest musicians, including Richard Hawley, Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers (on the rollicking “Death Bells”), Jason Pierce of Spiritualized, Mike Patton of Faith No More (on the sinister “Unbalanced Pieces”), and Australian newcomer Rosa Agostino, a.k.a. Red Ghost, whose sultry croon permeates the background of the tearful piano ballad “You Will Miss Me When I Burn”--a Will Oldham cover—and takes the reins on the haunting, stunning album closer “By My Side” (conjuring all the sorrow and escapism of a late-night trip through a lonely desert; a truly moving piece of art). The Soulsavers’ production expertise really shines on Broken’s centerpiece, “Some Misunderstanding” (a Gene Clark cover), as twangy guitars, sweeping strings, and swelling organs meld with a choir of epic voices supporting Lanegan’s wistful and impassioned delivery. Like their last album, 2007’s It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s The Way You Land, Soulsavers’ symphonic darkness thrives in redemptive epics--some downhearted, some weary--but ultimately uplifting. (Brian Goulbourn)



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The Seventh Proof
Soulsavers 03:03
2.
Death Bells
Soulsavers , Mark Lanegan , Gibby Haynes 04:50
3.
Unbalanced Pieces
Soulsavers , Mark Lanegan , Mike Patton 04:07
4.
You Will Miss Me When I Burn
Soulsavers , Mark Lanegan , Red Ghost 03:48
5.
Some Misunderstanding
Soulsavers , Mark Lanegan 07:57
6.
All the Way Down
Soulsavers , Mark Lanegan 04:49
7.
Shadows Fall
Soulsavers , Mark Lanegan , Richard Hawley 06:36
8.
Can't Catch the Train
Soulsavers , Mark Lanegan 03:34
9.
Pharaoh's Chariot
Soulsavers , Mark Lanegan , Jason Pierce 04:32
10.
Praying Ground
Soulsavers , Red Ghost 03:44
11.
Rolling Sky
Soulsavers , Mark Lanegan , Red Ghost 07:05
12.
Wise Blood
Soulsavers 05:37
13.
By My Side
Soulsavers , Red Ghost 05:15

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