|Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood|
|Release Date: May 14, 2013|
|Record Label: Ipecac Recordings|
Mark Lanegan has teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Duke Garwood to release “Black Pudding” via Ipecac Recordings on May 14, 2013. “Duke Garwood is one of my all time favorite artists,” said Lanegan. “Working with him has been one of the best experiences of my recording life.” Black Pudding was recorded at Pink Duck Studios in Burbank, Calif. by Justin Smith (Tegan and Sara, The Hives) and mixed by his Queens of the Stone Age associate Alain Johannes.
The album opens with the title track, “Black Pudding,” Garwood’s beautiful Spanish infused guitar instrumental. Lanegan reveals himself on the next track, the rootsy blues piece “Pentacostal,” but his best performance on the album is his emotionally charged vocals on the track “War Memorial.” It’s surprising to hear him shed his smokey rasp, but his tone and inflection are masterful.
The album is comprised of simple yet powerful songs infused with a variety of sounds, including blues, as heard on “Driver,” gospel, like on “Last Rung,” and the Americana flavor of “Death Rides a White Horse.” In the mix Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood throw in the southwestern sounds of “Mescalito,” the avant-garde cacophony of “Thank You,” and the funky “Cold Molly.”
“Black Pudding” closes as it opened, with another instrumental titled “Manchester Special.” The remarkable thing about this album is how Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood have taken a variety of sounds and created such a cohesive album. The tracks flow from one to the next, and while the scenery might change, the vehicle remains the same. Hopefully the partnership between Lanegan and Garwood yields more good trips in the future.
- Black Pudding
- War Memorial
- Last Rung
- Death Rides a White Horse
- Thank You
- Cold Molly
- Shade of the Sun
- Manchester Special