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Mark Lanegan Band


Latest release from the former Screaming Trees frontman working with collaborators Rob Marshall and Alain Johannes

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Heavenly Recordings
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  1. 10.0 |   Mojo

    After a fortnight's heavy rotation, it has yet to reveal its fatal flaw. Print edition only

  2. 10.0 |   The Observer

    A bravura statement from an artist still sounding fresh three decades into his career
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  3. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Gargoyle is yet another fantastic album from Mark Lanegan, and one that points to a new path
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  4. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Gargoyle both provides the ideal point of entry to the Mark Lanegan catalogue and proves that this perennial guest star is by now at his best when hogging the spotlight all to himself
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  5. 8.3 |   Gig Soup

    Mark Lanegan is back and he may well have made his best record of the last few years. 'Gargoyle' is a moody, rewarding listen with plenty of depth
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Finds him continuing to deliver hardscrabble tales of dashed romance and yearnings for second chances amid bluesy, dark wave-laden compositions
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  7. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Gargoyle suggests a new direction for Mark Lanegan: while the imagery remains predominantly dark, and Alain Johannes’ arrangements plumb glorious Gothic textures
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  8. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Gargoyle kicks massive ass; here are ten songs you won’t be able to hear enough. Just about essential
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  9. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    ‘Gargoyle’ is an uplifting album, one allowing the sun to peak from behind a cloud
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  10. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's a bleakness that's almost cleansing and redemptive
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  11. 8.0 |   Q

    For all its none-more-black intentions, Gargoyle is actually a hoot. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Mournful grandeur with hints of black humour
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  13. 8.0 |   All Music

    The fuller and bolder sound of the arrangements and production becomes clear, and it all serves Lanegan's talents in a way his last few Mark Lanegan Band albums have not
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  14. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Call it Lanegan-noir, a subgenre that shifts between crunching driving anthems and stark anti-hymns
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  15. 7.4 |   Paste Magazine

    Mark Lanegan makes blues for our time, chopping up sonic tropes, stretching them over handcarved laments, wrenching them from his throat and bleeding badly all over them
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  16. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    A gothic electronic triumph
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  17. 7.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Marks another solid addition to an extensive catalog and I’m curious where he’ll head next
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  18. 7.0 |   Clash

    He has taken the harder path and acted on his desire to play against type, creating something far more fragmented and fascinating in the process
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  19. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    His leather voice and slow-burning songwriting play up the pulp and noir that’s been with him his entire career
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  20. 6.0 |   State

    As one can expect he is a man who has seen it all and he brings all his experience to the fore on his tenth solo outing Gargoyle
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  21. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Even after several plays, this album, for all its strengths, cannot quite pull all the strands together
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  22. 5.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Although Lanegan’s voice plays an imperative, and deeply ingrained focal point of the record’s music, Gargoyle is missing the emotive, musical draw that makes Langegan the tear-jerking, blues-poet that he really is
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  23. 3.5 |   Earbuddy

    Mark Lanegan's seventy-year-old voice holds up fine on an album as ugly as a gargoyle
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