Mark Lanegan Band – ‘Phantom Radio’

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Lanegan brings elegance and morose reflections to an album written on a phone app

Despite writing much of ‘Phantom Radio’ on a phone app called Funk Box, Mark Lanegan boasts a melodic elegance more commonly associated with a classical orchestra. On his latest album, the gravel-voiced 49-year-old uses gospel and blues elements alongside simple metronomic beats, but his characteristically morose lyrical reflections take centre stage. “You don’t love me, what’s to love anyway?” he heaves on ‘Torn Red Heart’, a floating ballad that recalls the opiated highs of Spacemen 3. “I’ve been dying since the day I was born,” he laments on the haunting ‘I Am The Wolf’. Best of all is the swollen melody on ‘Waltzing In Blue’, the highlight of a sullen and graceful record that brings out the very best of the gruff veteran.

James Bentley

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Record label: Heavenly Recordings
Release date: 20 Oct, 2014