“Mark Lanegan and his sexy voice” is how I posted really quick on Facebook to the world while catching Lanegan’s opening set for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on July 2nd. With a voice on magnificent par with another of my favorite singers, Brit Richard Hawley, Lanegan sincerely charmed that hardened audience. Nick Cave fans are serious concert-goers. They would not, as the phrase goes, suffer any fool gladly. Lanegan – the opposite of anything foolish- is a vocalist of such sinuous evolution, who could shut up any uneasy audience.
If you don’t know Mark Lanegan as a solo artist, you would probably know his band, the Screaming Trees. A friend of mine boldly stated that Lanegan’s voice never got the recognition it deserved in the Screaming Trees. This is probably the case. On his own Lanegan can let that beauty pop out right damn in front. His set included songs from albums including I’ll Take Care of You and Blues Funeral plus his album of covers, Imitations. About that cover album. There’s a part of me that thinks about how great it would be if Lanegan’s voice covered any of my favorite songs. From Imitations, he selected “Mack the Knife” and a perfectly moody “You Only Live Twice.”
Lanegan also joined Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds for the Bad Seeds’ “The Weeping Song,” duetting with Cave in a moment of rare sublimity.
No Bells, Mark Lanegan’s latest album, is out now!
The Cherry Tree Carol
One Way Street
Don’t Forget Me
Where the Twain Shall Meet
The Gravedigger’s Song
Mack the Knife
You Only Live Twice
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