Bubblegum

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Beggars Uk - Ada
  • UPC: 607618023720
  • Catalog Number: 80237
  • Sales rank: 57,537

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nobody can resist Bubblegum

    Ive been looking into Mark Lanegan alot over the past months. I finally recieved this album and it is just so amazing. I love the tracks, the riffs, and the singing. This whole album is just flawless. Mark Lanegan is one of the best songwriters and singers of all time.

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