Straight Songs Of Sorrow

Mark Lanegan - Straight Songs Of Sorrow
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #83 / 268
User Score
Based on 40 ratings
2020 Ratings: #386
May 8, 2020 / Release Date
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Heavenly / Label
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I was first introduced to Mark Lanegan's smooth, dead-pan but commanding delivery on Queens of the Stone age's Songs for the Deaf, namely the tracks A Song for the Dead, Hangin' Tree and God is in the Radio, where Mark was given lead vocals. I shortly found out he also featured on a number of tracks from Rated R and Lullabies to Paralyze.

In 2017, with the release of Gargoyle i decided to check out his solo work, finding out that his own music was influenced by some Folk and Americana as well ... read more
I've been listening to Lanegan's new albums ever since I started following new album releases back in 2015. Gargoyle was an excellent record, and was top 100 of the decade for me. However his last two records (last year's Somebody's Knocking and this solo album) suffer from the excessive length problem. There aren't any bad songs, but for me it's a bit emotionally tiring to listen to 1 hour of (admittedly well crafted) goth songs. This should've been a 45 minute album with 11-12 tracks. Still, ... read more
Затянутый и старомодный, но и местами довольно пронзительный альбом с парочкой шикарных треков: Bleed All Over и Daylight In the Nocturnal House. Чуть больше полугода назад у Марка уже выходил мощный альбом Somebody's Knocking, и на нем можно было и остановиться годика на два, чтобы довести этот до ума и ... read more
Genre: Singer-Songwriter
Country: US

Final Verdict: 70% (Very Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 83th / 411

Highlight: Skeleton Key

Made me think of:
Nick Cave
Leonard Cohen
Tim Buckley
Bob Dylan
What an eclectic record!
It is not easy task to deliver one hour of music and be able to keep it interesting enough at the same time. In my perspective this album has a solid triumph in that field.
In terms of musical approach the record is a real trip, you are going to find nice folk (Apples From A Tree; Hanging On), electronic vibes (I Wouldn't Want To Say) in line with Bowie's "Earthling" era, post punk (Internal Hourglass Discussion), kind of a soft touch of symphonic rock ... read more
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Track List

  1. I Wouldn't Want To Say
  2. Apples From a Tree
  3. This Game of Love
  4. Ketamine
  5. Bleed All Over
  6. Churchbells, Ghosts
  7. Internal Hourglass Discussion
  8. Stockholm City Blues
  9. Skeleton Key
  10. Daylight In the Nocturnal House
  11. Ballad of a Dying Rover
  12. Hanging On (For DRC)
  13. Burying Ground
  14. At Zero Below
  15. Eden Lost and Found
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Added on: February 19, 2020