Mark Lanegan Anthology Features New Tracks, That Old Road-hardened Rasp

Mark Lanegan, Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989–2011 (out now, A Light in the Attic,

Mark Lanegan sounds like Seattle—perhaps never more than in this anthology, which adds a dozen unreleased tracks to material from the former Screaming Trees singer’s first six solo records. The tempos are slow, the moods gloomy, and his voice a road-hardened rasp. These are not songs for sunny Seattle summers, but rather the long winter nights or even the early mornings that follow—like the one depicted on the cover of his 1994 album Whiskey for the Holy Ghost, with a half-drunk bottle of booze on the table alongside the Holy Bible and a burning cigarette, each bristling at the golden rays of dawn. Though the collection includes appearances by PJ Harvey, Josh Homme, and J Mascis, it does not feature any of his collaborations with Isobel Campbell or Duke Garwood. Lanegan lovers likely have most of the first disc in their collection, but for the curious looking to dive into his catalog but unsure where to start, Shadow is that place.

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