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Mark Lanegan Band
Here Comes That Weird Chill EP
Beggars Banquet

Please allow me to introduce y'all to Mark Lanegan, the only man alive who can wear a soul-patch without looking like a total fool. You may not know his name, but you will no doubt recognize his voice — it has graced a number of minor hits by the Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age during the past 11 years. Well, you paid very little attention to the Screaming Trees and even less attention to Lanegan as a solo artist, but you did like those Queens o' the Stone Age fellows, and thus I can only hope that you'll give the Mark Lanegan Band a shot.

The Mark Lanegan Band is chock full of alt-rock royalty — two of the Queens, one of the Weens and, heck, even Fat Greg Dulli shows up, proving that the recording sessions must have been catered. Here Comes That Weird Chill is subtitled "Methamphetamine Blues, Extras & Oddities" and it "features the lead track from the upcoming full length album Bubblegum," for whatever that is worth.

Those who are familiar with Lanegan's previous masterpieces may be taken aback by this elegant EP — it takes the experimentation of Field Songs and moves 12 steps forward. A number of the tracks sound like pop songs pasted over sound collages, and the Queens connection is evident: Many of the songs remind one of the Queens at their druggy best. The guitars squeal when squealing is called for, and the industrial backbeat of these tracks sounds like men pounding on garbage cans. The lyrics are intriguing — in "Skeletal History," Lanegan informs us that "smoke crawls low along the ceilings and all is quiet, but I keep listening" — and they are sung over gorgeous sing-along melodies that tempt the listener to hum along.

"Message to Mine" is easily one of the finest songs Lanegan has ever written, and, curiously enough, "Lexington Slowdown" will send weird chills down yer crooked spine. The most straightforward song on this EP is a Captain Beefheart cover, if that gives you any idea of how adventurous this release is. Dare I say these songs are psychedelic? Nah, I'll just call 'em what Lanegan calls 'em: Methamphetamine blues.

Here Comes That Weird Chill is a delight. If I could persuade each and every one of you to abandon yer college radio shows, break up yer lousy bands and quit mispronouncing Chan Marshall's first name (it's pronounced Shawn), I'd do just that. But, alas, I am just a man, so the best I can do to make this world a better place is to suggest that you start listening to the miraculous music of Mark Lanegan. You'll be glad you did the right thing for once in yer miserable little life.

by Joseph Larkin

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