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Whiskey For The Holy Ghost

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The River Rise
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Borracho
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House a Home
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Kingdoms of Rain
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Carnival
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Riding the Nightingale
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El Sol
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Dead on You
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Shooting Gallery
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Sunrise
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Pendulum
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Judas Touch
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Beggar's Blues
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 49:52

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Whiskey for the Holy Ghost

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This is the release that got me hooked on Mark Lanegan. Yes, it is downbeat, but for me it holds up still as the best of Lanegan's catalog and I return to it again and again. As one who appreciated Screaming Trees, my first encounter with this CD blew me away. Here Lanegan on his own (with the help of guitarist/collaborator Mike Johnson) is even better. Do not miss this one, and then rush right over and check out his other releases here, they are all excellent. And if you can't get enough, look at his work with Isobel Campbell, which is a bit spotty but holds some excellent tracks. Pour me another!

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Whiskey for the Holy Ghost

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After I listen to an E-Pick I always wonder why I bother this one by Mark Lanegan might make you want to cut your wrist . You can call his music what you want but it is still music and in life there is good and there is bad , I suggest put his music on when you are just about ready to pass out .

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Mark Lanegan’s first solo album, 1990′s The Winding Sheet, was a darker, quieter, and more emotionally troubling affair than what fans were accustomed to from his work as lead singer with the Screaming Trees. The follow-up album, 1994 ‘s Whiskey for the Holy Ghost, used The Winding Sheet’s sound and style as a starting point, with Lanegan and producer/instrumentalist Mike Johnson constructing resonant but low-key instrumental backdrops for the singer’s tales of heartbreak, alcohol, and dashed hopes. While The Winding Sheet often sounded inspired but tentative, like the solo project from a member of an established band, Whiskey for the Holy Ghost speaks with a quiet but steely confidence of an artist emerging with his own distinct vision. The songs are more literate and better realized than on the debut, the arrangements are subtle and supportive (often eschewing electric guitars for keyboards and acoustic instruments), and Lanegan’s voice, bathed in bourbon and nicotine, transforms the deep sorrow of the country blues (a clear inspiration for this music) into something new, compelling, and entirely his own. Whiskey for the Holy Ghost made it clear that Mark Lanegan had truly arrived as a solo artist, and it ranks alongside American Music Club’s Everclear as one of the best “dark night of the soul” albums of the 1990s. – Mark Deming

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