With this album Mark Lanegan treads new ground, but the album is unmistakably a Mark Lanegan album. His trademark gorgeous voice is in top form, sounding better than ever, perhaps as a result from his quitting smoking. The vocals on "St. Louis Elegy" send chills down my spine every time I hear it. Lyrically the album covers familiar ground as well, with imagery of birds, flowers, and of course the usual coverage of dark subject matter and bleak mood you would expect from Mark. The newness of the album comes from the electronic instrumentation, which was featured but not predominant in Bubblegum, but is heavy on this album. I definitely see the influence of his time with the Soulsavers, so fans of that project should love this as well. But the album does not rely only on electronic sound; the blues is still there on songs like "Bleeding Muddy Water", "St. Louis Elegy" and "Phantasmagoria Blues", and "Riot In My House" and "Quiver Syndrome" rock as hard as "Sideways In Reverse" or "Driving Death Valley Blues" from Bubblegum. "Grey Goes Black" even seems reminiscent of the early Screaming Trees records. But heavily electronic songs like "Harborview Hospital", "Tiny Grain of Truth", and "Ode to Sad Disco" are equally as beautiful and addictive. All of these various sounds and influences flow seamlessly though, creating a cohesive album where each song is strong individually, but when listened all the way through in order it becomes something greater, like any great album should do. I'd say Mark's jump into new territory paid off, as this is a brilliant and beautiful album that I will be listening to non-stop for quite a while.