Monthly Archives: March 2012

Lights ‘Siberia’ Album Review

Released: Monday 12 March 2012

Usually the second-album-syndrome is seen as a sink or swim moment for bands, but for Lights, because of her slow building success, the second album is a bit of a doddle. Thanks to some improvised jams with friends Holy Fuck and guest vocals from rapper Shad, Siberia is a much tougher album with more width and experiment than her debut.

‘Siberia’ and ‘Toes’ feature a more electronic-heavy melodic base but leave room for the sweetness of The Listening. Admittedly, fans of Lights’ singer/songwriter element will be blindsided by the dubstep which pops up in bits and pieces across the album.

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Mark Lanegan Blues Funeral – Album Review

In 2004 Mark Lanegan released his sixth solo album Bubblegum, so why has it taken eight years for the seventh? Probably because of his numerous collaborations with Isobel Campbell, Greg Dulli and UNKLE. Blues Funeral continues where its predecessor left off. Heavy on the beat, dark, and lyrically intense. These are now considered the staples of music featuring Mark Lanegan, which prompted Josh Homme to rescue his career by dragging him into Queens of the Stone Age all those years ago.

‘The Gravediggers Song’, a typical pounding and throbbing song with growling vocals present as ever, is thrown that little piece of guitar magic by guest Josh Homme. The minimalist element established on Bubblegum has not been left behind as the aching bass in the verses of ‘St. Louis Elegy’ and ‘Phantasmagoria Blues’ will testify.

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