Whiskey for the Holy Ghost
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For his second solo album, Whiskey for the Holy Ghost, Mark Lanegan, the former singer for the Screaming Trees, decided to go wider and deeper. The arrangements are mostly acoustic and electric guitars, bass and drums, but the subtle addition of violin and saxophone on select cuts makes for greater variance and gives the album a rich, epic scope. As always, Lanegan sees the glass as neither half-empty or half-full, just dirty. "Borracho" reaches a cathartic wall of shrieking feedback, but mostly Lanegan tunes down for the ambulatory emissions and Seattle blues of "Shooting Gallery", "Judas Touch" and "Kingdoms of Rain". --Rob O'Connor
Top Customer Reviews
The music is mostly a hard acoustic blend of rock and folk. the violins add a nice touch and theres a guest female vocalist who harmonizes well with lanegan and his cigarette scarred vocal chords. Can you imagine mark doing a song with leonard cohen. The low end of the vocal spectrum will never be the same.
House a Home, Carnival and rising the nigthengale give us an inside look into a soul trying to find its way. If your one of those people trying to spread your rays of sunshine to all around you, than this is not for you. Or maybe it is.
I first listened to this album with the love of my life and we both loved it. As that relationship crumbled, I thought it would be too painful to listen again, but have since found solace in Mark's haunting lyrics. You'll find pleasure and pain here -- no matter how you feel this is a great album; easily one of my top ten.
Aside from the rip-your-heart-out intensity of "Borracho," pretty much the rest of the album is on the mellow side of things, perfect for chilling out.
Lanegan is a good songwriter and it's worth seeking out his more mature solo work if all you know of him is the Screaming Trees or Queens of the Sone Age.
Most recent customer reviews
if you are reading this review then chances are that you already know the greatness of this voice. this cd is awsome from start to finish but like the winding sheet has some... Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by Dawn M. Florio
Why in heck did this jerk leave the Trees? That was the most happenin' band in Seattle, we all loved 'em. "Nearly Lost You" was the best song of the '90s, by far! Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by Da Peace Dogg
Mark Lanegan's voice is magic. It could give me chills on a 90-degree day. It took a couple listens for me to warm up to a few of the songs on this album, but it was worth it. Read morePublished on June 20 2003 by Angela Spenny Huber
somehow, i picture lanegan walking into the bar and old jimmy tells him to have one on the house. This is the kind of music you need when perhaps its you who needs one to get you... Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2002
This is the best of Lanegans solo efforts though they are all really good with the exception of that album of covers, "I'll take care of you" that is merely average. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2002
This is dark, intelligent stuff, yes, but what's wrong with that? Not everything great in the world is mindless pop. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2002 by The Hammer
There aren't enough stars on the scale for me to rate this album. From start to finish, the best piece of musical work my soul has stumbled across. Ever.Published on May 17 2001 by Andrew C. Guyer
Mark Lanegan has a voice that is truly brilliant. On this album he wields it effectively, writing songs that can bring tears to your eyes for their sadness or just for their sheer... Read morePublished on April 28 2001
Gorgeous, deep down painful beauty. Enough to make you want to weep in the best possible way, cathartic. Read morePublished on July 13 2000