On his first solo effort since 2004's Bubblegum, Mark Lanegan has earned his versatility stripes once again, combing his sandpaper soul for moody blues, gloomy rock, and dark electronic cuts. Blues Funeral (credited to Mark Lanegan Band, actually, and including contributions from Jack Irons and Greg Dulli) sounds like just that: a putting to bed, or a transcendence of Lanegan's old muses to the warmth of some more bizarre bosom. Through that wormhole, Lanegan manages to propagate molasses-slow dirges fit for a wake, and throwback rockers that could have been Screaming Trees B-sides, like the shredding "Riot in My House." The influence of all his post-Trees collabs (Gutter Twins, his duet albums with Isobel Campbell) has rubbed off on Lanegan in some head-scratching ways over the last decade, but never in a more intriguing manner as this. RYAN J. PRADO
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