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Straight Songs Of Sorrow
Mark Lanegan
Heavenly Recordings
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May 8, 2020

Following the success of last year’s ‘Somebody’s Knocking’ LP and his astonishing memoir 'Sing Backwards and Weep, Mark Lanegan released his new solo album, ‘Straight Songs Of Sorrow’ on 8th May.

The album, which is closely aligned to his forthcoming memoir, “Sing Backwards And Weep”, features guest appearances from Greg Dulli, Warren Ellis, John Paul Jones, Ed Harcourt and more.

The second pressing is a black vinyl edition. Double Vinyl – Gatefold - Downloads available with each LP purchase. Standard CD also available.

When considering any great work of art, it’s natural to wonder what might have inspired it: ‘the story behind the song’. Mark Lanegan’s new album, ‘Straight Songs Of Sorrow’, flips that equation. Here are 15 songs inspired by a story: his life story, as documented by his own hand in his new memoir, ‘Sing Backwards And Weep’.

The book is a brutal, nerve-shredding read, thanks to Lanegan’s unsparing candour in recounting a journey from troubled youth in eastern Washington, through his drug-stained existence amid the ’90s Seattle rock scene, to an unlikely salvation at the dawn of the 21st century. There’s death and tragedy, yet also humour and hope, thanks to the tenacity which impels its host, even at his lowest moments.

‘Straight Songs Of Sorrow’ combines musical trace elements from early Mark Lanegan albums with the synthesized constructs of later work. The album feels both definitive and unique, a culmination of its creator’s arc yet also indicative of the energy that drives him onto future horizons. No wonder Lanegan is proud.

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Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 I Wouldn't Want To Say 5:46 Buy

    I Wouldn't Want To Say

  2. 2 Apples From A Tree 1:55 Buy

    Apples From A Tree

  3. 3 This Game of Love 4:48 Buy

    This Game of Love

  4. 4 Ketamine 2:41 Buy


  5. 5 Bleed All Over 3:36 Buy

    Bleed All Over

  6. 6 Churchbells, Ghosts 4:54 Buy

    Churchbells, Ghosts

  7. 7 Internal Hourglass Discussion 3:49 Buy

    Internal Hourglass Discussion

  8. 8 Stockholm City Blues 3:39 Buy

    Stockholm City Blues

  9. 9 Skeleton Key 7:05 Buy

    Skeleton Key

  10. 10 Daylight In The Nocturnal House 3:06 Buy

    Daylight In The Nocturnal House

  11. 11 Ballad of A Dying Rover 4:37 Buy

    Ballad of A Dying Rover

  12. 12 Hanging On (For DRC) 2:10 Buy

    Hanging On (For DRC)

  13. 13 Burying Ground 4:46 Buy

    Burying Ground

  14. 14 At Zero Below 4:41 Buy

    At Zero Below

  15. 15 Eden Lost And Found 2:46 Buy

    Eden Lost And Found

Mark Lanegan

Mark Lanegan

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