After releasing a well received seventh solo album last year and an under-the-radar collaboration with Duke Garwood earlier this year you’d expect Mark Lanegan to go into hiding for a while – after all, he took eight years between Bubblegum and Blues Funeral. The man must feel he’s on a role though as he hits the road again for Imitations a collection of covers, something most people mark as either career suicide or genius rejuvenation.
This effort falls between the two, meaning it makes no real dent in his credentials but nor will it wow audiences. These are mostly songs Lanegan heard growing up which does add a sort of elegance about their selection, there is even a nod to his buddy and some-time collaborator Greg Dulli for ‘Deepest Shade’. The pick of the bunch however has to be the bond theme ‘You Only Live Twice’ making you wonder if Lanegan might not be a brilliant, left-field choice for the next bond movie theme.