8/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 19th February 2015
I'm not sure how true it is, and it has very little to do with this album, but I remember reading a piece of music news way back in the '90s stating that Mark Lanegan punched out Liam Gallagher whilst Oasis were touring the U.S. If this is true then shouldn't we all be buying Mark Lanegan's entire catalogue of music in celebration of this great feat?
Anyway, "Blues Funeral" sounds almost exactly like the title would suggest, for the most part. The opening track and lead single "Gravedigger's Blues" is fantastic dark rumble and kicks things off well. Things get darker and moodier with "Bleeding Muddy Water" as Lanegan's gravel cascades over what is little more than an atmospheric drone. "Grey Goes Black" is relatively upbeat, musically but serves to make the album more interesting. The same can be said of "Riot In My House" which is an industrial take on "Sweet Oblivion" era Screaming Trees. "Ode To Sad Disco" stand out like a (very) sore thumb and doesn't suit Lanegan's style but thankfully there's "Quiver Syndrome" a song that does, to get us back on track.
It's rockier than his first 3 or 4 solo efforts and I like it for that.
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