Photography by Busra…
Oh boy oh boy looky looky what I got in my ears!!! One of Baby & I’s favourites from way back in our relationship, back when were basically “friends with benefits”.. Yep, it’s the 3rd release by Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan called Hawk!
Personally, I’m a little tired of the Nancy Sinatra / Lee Hazelwood comparisons — and I LOVE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood!!! — or the mention of Belle & Sebastian for that matter… At what point and after how many albums does a “muzakal journalist” get to forego the obligatory? How about we put it to rest now. Isobel & Mark are Isobel & Mark, they, like on their previous releases, have a bit of a retro vibe on all their songs and mix their completely opposite voices (her’s almost too shiny & sweet, his has seen maybe one or two too many floods of some unsavory whiskey) absolutely perfectly.
Sounds range from folk to soul to even a bit of horn-fused cacophonies complete with screaming (see the title track). The Horns Of Dilemna would be proud.
It’s Isobel & Mark, but it’s, just like their last album, moved on, moving forward, a slight evolution here and twist over there. But, no matter, they can play death metal, but once they open their mouths and utter syllables, it’s still and will always be a Isobel & Mark album… And, as Martha Stewart once said, “That’s a good thing..”
It certainly fills my heart with happy!
01 – We Die And See Beauty Reign
02 – You Won’t Let Me Down Again
03 – Snake Song
04 – Come Undone
05 – No Place to Fall
06 – Get Behind Me
07 – Time of the Season
08 – Hawk
09 – Sunrise
10 – To Hell & Back Again
11 – Cool Water
12 – Eyes of Green
13 – Lately
10/13/2010 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East Cafe
10/14/2010 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
10/15/2010 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
10/16/2010 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10/17/2010 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/19/2010 Montreal, Canada – Cabaret
10/20/2010 Toronto, Canada – Lee’s Palace
10/21/2010 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center!!!!! — Baby! Look!
10/22/2010 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
10/23/2010 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
10/26/2010 Seattle, WA – Neumos
10/27/2010 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
10/28/2010 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
10/29/2010 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey