“A masterpiece.” - Word
“It’s all brilliant.” - NME 8/10
“Darkly majestic.” The Independent 5/5
“Lanegan’s most accessible to date.” - Uncut 4/5
“His own career-best collection, Lanegan’s time has come.” Daily Telegraph 5/5
“It’s the curveballs rather than the reliable Laneganisms that make Blues Funeral such a powerful return.” - Q 4/5
“No other singer of his generation plumbs the depths so credibly, or does mournful with such grace.” - MOJO – Album of the Month 5/5
Blues Funeral, the first Mark Lanegan Band record in 9 years, was released back in February. It was recorded in Hollywood, California by Alain Johannes at his 11ad studio, and saw appearances from Greg Dulli and Josh Homme among an assorted cast of long-term Lanegan affilates. The first single to be taken from the album was a perfect entry point with its fearsome rhythm section, that distinctive vocal growl and was accompanied by a video that dripped suitably with Soutern Gothic undertones. Watch the video here. The band went on to tour the world throughout the year, culminating in a sold out show at the Forum in London in early December.
Following the release of Blues Funeral, Mark Lanegan Band also recorded four songs for the thirteenth installment in the 4AD Sessions series. Pull Studios in Manhattan's Hudson Square played understated host to a session that lent heavily on Mark's indelible voice and undeniable presence, as well as the intensity and precision of his band.
Tearing through four stand-out tracks from Blues Funeral, the performance ripples with a quiet fury that will be familiar to all those who’ve followed Mark over a career spanning more than two decades. Backed by a band as skilled as Mark is charismatic, the ambitious range of tracks such as ‘Harborview Hospital’ sit comfortably beside the barely concealed rage of ‘The Gravedigger’s Song’, reminding once again why Blues Funeral is such a rewarding listen. Watch the session below.
In conjunction with their end of year poll, Blues Funeral is available from Jumbo Records with a free DVD of all four tracks from the 4AD Session. It is limited to 70 copies. Buy here.