Phantom Radio (LP)


Mark Lanegan

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Amoeba Review

10/20/2014

On his ninth studio album, Mark Lanegan delivers the gravelly voiced goods, with a few surprises. “Harvest Home” starts the album on a strong note, as Lanegan’s whiskey-soaked voice and tremoloed guitars are joined by some Gary Numanesque synthesizers and a propulsive beat. Lanegan goes mellow with some worldly psych-soul on “Seventh Day,” and he sings gorgeously on the lushly atmospheric “Torn Red Heart,” breaking our hearts with his vulnerable croon and lyrics like “you don't love me, what's to love anyway?” Some of the digital effects on tracks like “The Killing Season” sound a bit dated, like leftover trip-hop backing tracks from the ’90s, but even then, that song is saved by Lanegan’s cool lyrics, full of creepy details that strike the senses, like “the perfume of your blood” and “I feel your hands around my throat.” And while it’s nice to hear Lanegan stretch a bit, when he’s in his familiar wheelhouse of slow-burners, the results are still wonderful — “I Am the Wolf” possesses beautifully bleak acoustic guitar strums and reverbed electric guitars that fall like rain to set the stage for Lanegan's dusky drawl. And “Judgment Time” is a spare, organ-driven spiritual ode “a strung-out angel” so elegant and evocative, it could serve as an elegy to a war film. With terrific variation and strong melodies, Lanegan seems to nail every nuance on Phantom Radio.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Harvest Home
Mark Lanegan 03:16
2.
Judgement Time
Mark Lanegan 02:29
3.
Floor of the Ocean
Mark Lanegan 04:52
4.
The Killing Season
Mark Lanegan 03:46
5.
Seventh Day
Mark Lanegan 04:51


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
I Am the Wolf
Mark Lanegan 03:42
2.
Torn Red Heart
Mark Lanegan 04:01
3.
Waltzing In Blue
Mark Lanegan 03:14
4.
The Wild People
Mark Lanegan 03:06
5.
Death Trip to Tulsa
Mark Lanegan 04:46

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