St Louis Elegy
Ever since his Screaming Trees days, Mark Lanegan's ability to pass his love of vintage rock 'n' roll, blues and folk through modern sonic filters has felt unforced and organic. Blues Funeral recalls the grizzled crooner's 2007 collaboration with the production team Soulsavers in the way each track is a richly woven, downtempo reimagining of the hard rock template. Fuzzy guitars dissolve in vaporous electronica and synths; sweaty backbeats, meanwhile, weave their way through all manner of sequenced percolations. Lanegan is as moody as ever, a fallen angel tormented by sin and salvation.