Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Song of the Day: Mark Lanegan - Wheels

Continuing with Mark Lanegan week, today's song is from his third solo album, Scraps at Midnight. All of Lanegan's solo albums are worth owning, and the first three are particularly fantastic, in part because of how different they are from his Screaming Trees output. And while I'm especially partial to his second album, Whiskey for the Holy Ghost, this track off Scraps encapsulates why I'm obsessed with this guy - his voice on this song is nothing short of amazing. He starts off with the smokey, deep voice that dominates his solo work but ends the song with a higher register part that always gives me chills - the last time he sings, "whichever way they fall."

Today's Lanegan anecdote: My Cat's Cradle story from yesterday wasn't the first time I saw the Screaming Trees - it was actually at the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, NC. They shared a bill with Soul Asylum and Spin Doctors. And yes, that makes no sense.

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