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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Bubblegum Blues

I'm in the middle of my first listen to Bubblegum by the Mark Lanegan Band. I wasn't sure what to expect, being unfamiliar with the Screaming Trees and not so into Queens of the Stone Age. I've seen quite a few references to Lanegan's blues roots, and they really come through on this album. It's not so much an updated take on the blues -- a suggestion I read somewhere -- as it is just the blues run through a post-grunge filter. The strength of the album is in Lanegan's voice. He's got a full sound and an emotional delivery.


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