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Ballad Of The Broken Seas

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan

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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   Deus Ibi Est   MP3 sample
  2   Black Mountain   MP3 sample
  3   The False Husband   MP3 sample
  4   Ballad Of The Broken Seas   MP3 sample
  5   Revolver   MP3 sample
  6   Ramblin' Man   MP3 sample
  7   (Do You Wanna) Come Walk With Me?   MP3 sample
  8   Saturday's Gone   MP3 sample
  9   It's Hard To Kill A Bad Thing   MP3 sample
  10   Honey Child What Can I Do?   MP3 sample
  11   Dusty Wreath   MP3 sample
  12   The Circus Is Leaving Town   MP3 sample

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On paper this sounds like a complete musical mismatch: Isobel Campbell, squeaky clean former vocalist for that twee-ist of twee bands, Belle and Sebastian - with a voice sweet enough to make your teeth hurt. Teaming up with former Screaming Trees/sometime Queens Of The Stone Age vocalist Mark Lanegan - who has made a name for himself as the dark prince of drug and booze addled murder ballads.
Much of this collaborative album was recorded with Campbell in her native Scotland and Lanegan in LA, but it sounds much more intimate than that distance would suggest. Ballad of the Broken Seas immediately brings to mind another vocally bewitching twosome, Nancy and Lee, and nods firmly in their direction with folkish, country undertones too.
With a well-timed leap from the Lanegan-penned breathy bitter love song 'Revolver' (with Campbell sighing "with a mouth full of rain"), straight into a whistling, whip-cracking Hank Williams cover ('Ramblin' Man') the duo ensure every listener has fallen in love with one, or both, of them by the time the middle of the disc kicks in.
Closing with 'The Circus is Leaving Town', whiskey-voiced Lanegan gives us what could be a lost Tom Waits ballad, all sad clowns and good girls gone bad - the perfect end to what should be the soundtrack to the more melancholic parts of your life.
Isobel Campbell, who also produced this album, has signed a long-term deal with V2 so expect to hear more of her superb voice and responsive songwriting in the near future. Recommended.

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Artist: Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
Album: Ballad Of The Broken Seas
Cat #: VVR1035822
Date: 14/06/2006
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Shock
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 Days
Genres: Alt/Indie/Punk , Pop , Rock
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