Bubblegum

Bubblegum

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by Mark Lanegan
     
 

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As singer for the vastly underrated Screaming Trees, this Washingtonian brandished one of the darkest baritones in rock. In his solo work, Lanegan has honed the edge of that instrument to an even sharper point, using it to rip bits of his flesh -- and his soul -- with an unselfconsciousness that's alternately admirable and alarming.See more details below

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As singer for the vastly underrated Screaming Trees, this Washingtonian brandished one of the darkest baritones in rock. In his solo work, Lanegan has honed the edge of that instrument to an even sharper point, using it to rip bits of his flesh -- and his soul -- with an unselfconsciousness that's alternately admirable and alarming. The acoustic lament "Bombed" -- which, with its "when I'm bombed, I stretch like bubblegum," serves as a de facto title track -- falls into the latter category, its unsteady gait causing concern that those hellhounds on his tail just might be closing in. The disc's more aggressive tracks, notably the rat-in-a-cage rattler "Sideways in Reverse," aren't markedly brighter, but the bulldozing guitars (some brandished by Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri) impel Lanegan to strain against the dark forces more fitfully. Dark forces lurk in just about every corner of Bubblegum, whether they be erotic, as on "Come to Me," a lustful duet with PJ Harvey, or substance-fueled, as on the insistently oozing "Driving Death Valley Blues." Less convincing singers make rock 'n' roll cliché of these themes; Lanegan makes them frighteningly real and engrossing. While he doesn't go out of his way to crib stylistic notes from Robert Johnson or any of his peers, the spirit Mark Lanegan exudes on Bubblegum marks him as a fearsome bluesman, through and through.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
With the Screaming Trees an increasingly distant memory and his brief tenure with Queens of the Stone Age seemingly over and done, Mark Lanegan appears to have well and truly become a solo artist, and while the dark and blues-shot introspections of Whiskey for the Holy Ghost and The Winding Sheet felt like a respite from Lanegan's usual musical diet of the time, Bubblegum sounds like an effort to fuse the nocturnal atmospherics of his solo work with the impressive brain/brawn ratio of his better-known bands. Credited to the Mark Lanegan Band (though there's no consistent set of musicians from track to track), Bubblegum is hardly short on the moody stuff, with Lanegan's nicotine-buffered pipes leading these songs though any number of empty streets and unhappy events, as on the jonesed-out road trip of "Strange Religion," the pained drift of "One Hundred Days," and the wasted longing of "Morning Glory Wine" -- notice a common theme yet? (Oh, and in case you were wondering, the album's title refers not to teen-centric pop music, but a line from his song "Bombed": "When I'm bombed, I stretch like bubblegum/And look too long straight at the morning sun.") But Lanegan was also of a mind to rock out a bit while making this album (or figured that his newer fans were expecting it of him), and with his QOTSA pals Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri helping out on a few cuts, he does indeed deliver the rock, most notably the clanking menace of "Methamphetamine Blues," the straightforward bash of "Sideways in Reverse," and the organ-driven ooze of "Hit the City" (the latter featuring Polly Jean Harvey in an inspired duet appearance). But while most guys making a solo album after a stint with a successful band create music that speaks of freedom and release, Bubblegum finds Lanegan digging ever deeper into the obsessions and appetites that drag him into the same corner every time. It sure doesn't sound like a life most of us would wish to lead, but it makes for damned compelling art, and the dank emotional caverns of Bubblegum offer some territory well worth exploring for the strong-willed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2004
Label:
Beggars Uk - Ada
UPC:
0607618023713
catalogNumber:
80237

Tracks

  1. When Your Number Isn't Up  - Mark Lanegan
  2. Hit the City  - Mark Lanegan
  3. Wedding Dress  - Mark Lanegan
  4. Methamphetamine Blues  - Mark Lanegan
  5. One Hundred Days  - Mark Lanegan
  6. Bombed  - Mark Lanegan
  7. Strange Religion  - Mark Lanegan
  8. Sideways in Reverse  - Mark Lanegan
  9. Come to Me  - Mark Lanegan
  10. Like Little Willie John  - Mark Lanegan
  11. Can't Come Down  - Mark Lanegan
  12. Morning Glory Wine  - Mark Lanegan
  13. Head  - Mark Lanegan
  14. Driving Death Valley Blues  - Mark Lanegan
  15. Out of Nowhere  - Mark Lanegan

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Lanegan   Primary Artist,Guitar
Izzy Stradlin   Vocals
PJ Harvey   Vocals
Ian Moore   Background Vocals
Bukka Allen   Organ
Greg Dulli   Background Vocals
Chris Goss   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Josh Homme   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Alain Johannes   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Strings,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Electric Drums
Nick Oliveri   Bass,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Keni Richards   Drums
Natasha Shneider   Background Vocals
John Kastner   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim Vincent   Electric Drums
Molly McGuire   Bass Guitar
Eddie Nappi   Bass
Brett Netson   Background Vocals
Dave Catching   Organ,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Troy Van Leeuwen   Guitar,Piano
Joey Castillo   Drums
Melanie Campbell   Bass
Aldo Struyf   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano
Jonathon Russo   Bass
Dimitri Coats   Guitar,Piano,Drums
Wendy Rae Fowler   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
David Catching   Organ

Technical Credits

Mark Lanegan   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Brian Baker   Engineer
Tracy Chisholm   Engineer,drum machine
Chris Goss   Producer,Audio Production
Randall Hage Jamail   Producer
Alain Johannes   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Pete Martinez   Engineer
Rick Miller   Engineer
Rick "Soldier" Will   Engineer
Rail Jon Rogut   Engineer
Susan McEowen   Art Direction
Jonas G.   Engineer
Dave Catching   Engineer
Aldo Struyf   Engineer,Feedback

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