Mark Lanegan – Whiskey for the Holy Ghost (1994/2015) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Mark Lanegan – Whiskey for the Holy Ghost (1994/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 49:36 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Rock
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Whiskey for the Holy Ghost is the second solo album by former Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan. The album builds upon the roots music foundation that Lanegan had established with his debut The Winding Sheet. Released during the grunge explosion of the early 1990s, Whiskey for The Holy Ghost showcases Lanegan’s growing maturity as a songwriter and vocalist.

The recording was reportedly a frustrating affair for Lanegan; at one point the singer had to be physically prevented from throwing the master tapes into a river by producer Jack Endino. Despite the album’s slow gestation and Lanegan’s notorious substance abuse problems, the songs on Whiskey for The Holy Ghost sound remarkably cohesive. Lyrically, Lanegan continues to delve into the darker side of the human experience on songs like “Borracho” and the Biblical “Pendulum” (“Jesus Christ been here and gone, what a painful price to pay”).

“House A Home” was released as a single with an accompanying video. “The River Rise” was used in the 1996 grunge documentary Hype!, where it accompanied a montage filmed at the vigil following Kurt Cobain’s death. Dan Peters of Mudhoney plays drums on “Borracho” and “House A Home.”

Mark Lanegan’s first solo album, 1990’s The Winding Sheet, was a darker, quieter, and more emotionally troubling affair than what fans were accustomed to from his work as lead singer with the Screaming Trees. The follow-up album, 1994 ‘s Whiskey for the Holy Ghost, used The Winding Sheet’s sound and style as a starting point, with Lanegan and producer/instrumentalist Mike Johnson constructing resonant but low-key instrumental backdrops for the singer’s tales of heartbreak, alcohol, and dashed hopes. While The Winding Sheet often sounded inspired but tentative, like the solo project from a member of an established band, Whiskey for the Holy Ghost speaks with a quiet but steely confidence of an artist emerging with his own distinct vision. The songs are more literate and better realized than on the debut, the arrangements are subtle and supportive (often eschewing electric guitars for keyboards and acoustic instruments), and Lanegan’s voice, bathed in bourbon and nicotine, transforms the deep sorrow of the country blues (a clear inspiration for this music) into something new, compelling, and entirely his own. Whiskey for the Holy Ghost made it clear that Mark Lanegan had truly arrived as a solo artist, and it ranks alongside American Music Club’s Everclear as one of the best “dark night of the soul” albums of the 1990s. -AllMusic Review by Mark Deming

1 The River Rise 04:30
2 Borracho 05:41
3 House a Home 03:07
4 Kingdoms of Rain 03:23
5 Carnival 03:40
6 Riding the Nightingale 06:17
7 El Sol 03:53
8 Dead on You 03:10
9 Shooting Gallery 03:32
10 Sunrise 02:57
11 Pendulum 02:12
12 Judas Touch 01:37
13 Beggar’s Blues 05:37

Mark Lanegan – vocals, guitar
Mike Johnson – organ, guitar (acoustic), bass, harmonica, piano, guitar (electric), background vocals, slide guitar
Krisha Augerot, Sally Barry – background vocals
Frank Cody – organ, piano
Kurt Fedora – bass
Dave Kreuger – violin
Tad Doyle, J Mascis, Dan Peters, Mark Pickerel – drums
Mike Stinette – saxophone
Phil Sparks – bowed bass, bass (upright)
Ted Trewhella – piano
Justin Williams – organ