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Not sure how this never made it on the boards, but Mark Lanegan has a new 2 LP coming out called Songs of Sorrow.  Two singles have been released and there are two variants coming out, black and clear (indie exclusive)


A few pre-orders:

1) Heavenly for the UK and EU (limited Clear Vinyl..same as indie exclusive): https://heavenlyemporium.com/release/177150-mark-lanegan-straight-songs-of-sorrow?format=502303

2) Rough Trade (Clear and Black): https://www.roughtrade.com/us/mark-lanegan/straight-songs-of-sorrow


Everyone else has links and it is easy to find...



Following the success of last year’s ‘Somebody’s Knocking’ LP, Mark Lanegan has announced the news of his new solo album, ‘Straight Songs Of Sorrow’, released 8th May.

The album, which is closely aligned to his forthcoming memoir, “Sing Backwards And Weep”, features guest appearances from Greg Dulli, Warren Ellis, John Paul Jones, Ed Harcourt and more.

The first pressing will be a crystal clear vinyl edition. Double Vinyl – Gatefold - Downloads available with each LP purchase. Standard CD also available.

When considering any great work of art, it’s natural to wonder what might have inspired it: ‘the story behind the song’. Mark Lanegan’s new album, ‘Straight Songs Of Sorrow’, flips that equation. Here are 15 songs inspired by a story: his life story, as documented by his own hand in his new memoir, ‘Sing Backwards And Weep’.

The book is a brutal, nerve-shredding read, thanks to Lanegan’s unsparing candour in recounting a journey from troubled youth in eastern Washington, through his drug-stained existence amid the ’90s Seattle rock scene, to an unlikely salvation at the dawn of the 21st century. There’s death and tragedy, yet also humour and hope, thanks to the tenacity which impels its host, even at his lowest moments.

‘Straight Songs Of Sorrow’ combines musical trace elements from early Mark Lanegan albums with the synthesized constructs of later work. The album feels both definitive and unique, a culmination of its creator’s arc yet also indicative of the energy that drives him onto future horizons. No wonder Lanegan is proud.


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49 minutes ago, morfiend said:

His new book arrives tomorrow, I can’t wait to read it.  Judging by how some of the Screaming Trees guys are reacting to it I think we can close the book on a possible reunion.

Oh for sure.  I stopped thinking about that awhile ago.  Seems like Mark doesn't want to relive the past.  At all.

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1 hour ago, kramer73 said:

Oh for sure.  I stopped thinking about that awhile ago.  Seems like Mark doesn't want to relive the past.  At all.

Yeah, I'm actually surprised he wrote this book, especially knowing it had to lead to some hard feelings. I always held out hope the Trees would get back together just like most of the really well known Seattle bands from that era have. When Lanegan and Pickeral did a couple of shows together in Ellensburg their hometown, that gave me hope. Oh well. My book just arrived a day early, a nice surprise.

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I finished the book, it was quite a read and Mark pulls no punches about anybody especially himself. The new album is... odd, at least on first listen but hopefully it grows on me.  I’d been listening to a lot of Screaming Trees and Mark’s old solo records while reading the book so maybe my expectations got a little out of whack.

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I have loved everything Lanegan has done up till the last album "Somebody's Knocking". I was really disappointed.
So I hesitated before I pre ordered "Straight Songs Of Sorrow", but when I saw there was a ltd vinyl I couldn't stop myself. But after listening to the album for the first time I wish I had.

I'm sorry, but he has moved in a direction that I just can't follow...it's not good at all, and it makes me kinda sad.

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Me...I'm the opposite. I love that Mark mixes it up so often.  There are some fantastic tracks on this record, but it feels like it is a hodgepodge of songs that could have been pulled from other records.  It is a mixed bag for sure and I might have changed the tracklisting, but the more i listen to it, the better it gets.

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