by Mark Lanegan Band


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2004
Label: Beggars Uk - Ada
UPC: 0607618023720
catalogNumber: 80237
Rank: 27423

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Lanegan Band   Primary Artist
Mark Lanegan   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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Bubblegum 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.