“Broken” by Soulsavers

Broken marks the third album for the Soulsavers, their second featuring ex-Screaming Trees vocalist (and Queens of the Stone Age alumni) Mark Lanegan on vocals. There are also some high-profile special guests, including Gibby Haynes (of Butthole Surfers), Mike Patton, and a mysterious girl named “Red Ghost”. The overall atmosphere of the album is less religious experience (as was heard in their previous album) and more of a sunrise over a run down city. Take some of the funk-electronica of TV on the Radio and mix it with the sleeze of The Twilight Singers. Top it off with a slight country influence, and you’ve got a sound that is familiar, but warming and new to the ears.

The album starts to sag towards the middle, but Red Ghost’s vocals bring new life to the final few songs. And I feel that perhaps the few of the other special guests don’t have enough influence over the gloomy Lanegan in the respective songs they appear in. It’s easy to forget that this is classified as “Electronica” and reminds me a lot of Unkle’s “War Stories” and “End Titles…”. And that’s A-OK with me.

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