Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - Black Pudding [FLAC]

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Artist: Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood
Release: Black Pudding
Released: 2013
Label: Heavenly
Catalog#: HVNLP98 
Format: FLAC / Lossless / Log (100%) / Cue
[color=blue]Country: USA
Style: rock

1. Black Pudding
2. Pentacostal
3. War Memorial
4. Mescalito
5. Sphinx
6. Last Rung
7. Driver
8. Death Rides a White Horse
9. Thank You
10. Cold Molly
11. Shade of the Sun
12. Manchester Special 

In the 1980s and 90s, Mark Lanegan never seemed like he was going to be an old man. In the 21st century, however, itΓÇÖs become nearly impossible to remember that Lanegan was ever young. In his review of LaneganΓÇÖs characteristically growly 2012 solo record Blues Funeral, Ian Cohen likened Lanegan to weathered classic-rockers like Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen, and speculated that he ΓÇ£will be all but grandfathered into that Hall of Fame in 20 years.ΓÇ¥ But why wait another two decades when Lanegan already affects a spooky ΓÇ£chain-smoking walking corpseΓÇ¥ persona as well as anybody? The first time Lanegan emerges on Black Pudding, his new collaboration with English multi-instrumentalist Duke Garwood (who most recently guested at the end of Savages' Silence Yourself), heΓÇÖs addressing his frequent sparring partner Jesus C. in the bluesy prayer ΓÇ£PentacostalΓÇ¥. On the next track, ΓÇ£War MemorialΓÇ¥, Lanegan points to ΓÇ£a pack of feral dogsΓÇ¥ nipping at his heels, as heΓÇÖs not one to choose sides between God and the Devil. ΓÇ£DonΓÇÖt tell me the ending of the play/ DonΓÇÖt make me look/ In the mirror,ΓÇ¥ he sings. We all know which undead creature generally avoids mirrors.
Blues Funeral was LaneganΓÇÖs first solo record in eight years; for Black Pudding, heΓÇÖs back to working with a musical co-pilot, which has been his preferred mode of working for the past decade. Like his partnerships with Isobel Campbell and Greg Dulli, LaneganΓÇÖs coupling with Garwood is somewhat vampiric in nature. While Garwood makes his presence felt throughout Black Pudding, most notably on the evocative bookending instrumentals ΓÇ£Black PuddingΓÇ¥ and ΓÇ£Manchester SpecialΓÇ¥ (which sound like a film score for an imaginary post-apocalyptic spaghetti western), heΓÇÖs ultimately subsumed by LaneganΓÇÖs outsized personality. To his credit, Garwood seems to understand that this was probably inevitable and acts accordingly: His accompaniment on Black Pudding tends to be spare and unobtrusive, which keeps the spotlight on Lanegan, that monstrous croon, and his ongoing communion with the great beyond.
While Black Pudding is more limited and monochromatic than LaneganΓÇÖs other pairings-- the beauty-and-the-beast lustiness of the Isobel Campbell records is obviously missing, as is the mile-deep veneer of filth and depravity from the Dulli-assisted Gutter Twins records-- it doesnΓÇÖt necessarily suffer from it. Lanegan is a brand name that promises scarifying dirges and tough-guy sensitivity, and Black Pudding delivers on both accounts with workmanlike consistency. You can guess precisely what songs like ΓÇ£Death Rides a White HorseΓÇ¥ or ΓÇ£SphinxΓÇ¥ sound like before playing them. If that makes Black Pudding a wheelhouse record, so be it; the Sly Stone-like downer funk of ΓÇ£Cold MollyΓÇ¥ demonstrates that Lanegan falters whenever he ventures outside of his self-made pine box.
Predictability isnΓÇÖt the most exciting or virtuous artistic attribute, but at least Black Pudding is a luminous and finely crafted example of a well-established formula. Lanegan is a year-and-a-half away from his 50th birthday, but he already has the gravitas of 70s-era Clint Eastwood; Black Pudding might not be High Plains Drifter, but itΓÇÖs a suitably entertaining bad-ass diversion a la The Gauntlet.		
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - Black Pudding [FLAC]/ 01 - Black Pudding.flac 12.209 MB
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - Black Pudding [FLAC]/ 02 - Pentacostal.flac 22.751 MB
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - Black Pudding [FLAC]/ 03 - War Memorial.flac 11.034 MB
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