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Soulsavers - Broken (2009)

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Soulsavers - Broken (2009)

Soulsavers - Broken (2009)
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Label: V2, Cooperative Music | # VVR710895, 710895 | Time: 01:04:57
Alternative Rock, Gospel, Blues-Rock, Electronic, Downtempo

Third album from the acclaimed British Electronic rockers featuring vocal and musical assistance from Mark Lanegan, Will Oldham, Jason Pierce, Richard Hawley, Gibby Haynes and Mike Patton. Soulsavers began as more of an electronic affair, with Rich Machin partnering with studio engineer Ian Glover. Their sophomore album, It's Not How Far You Fall, It's How You Land set a new benchmark, threading Soul, Gospel, Rock, Jazz and Country into the mix and a matching spread of singers. Now, you must be prepared to follow Soulsavers even further, for Broken is even better, a future classic that delivers 13 tracks of wide-ranging majesty. Lanegan handles vocals on 10 of the album's tracks, joined by many guest collaborators.

A darkly majestic album that proves Mark Lanegan needs to search no longer

Since disbanding Screaming Trees it seems Mark Lanegan has been wandering the musical continents in search of some kind of muse to pair alongside his booming god-like voice. Not entirely aimlessly, admittedly – scratching the surface of cocksure hard rock with Queens Of The Stone Age, exploring the rudiments of country-tinged ballads with former Belle & Sebastian songbird Isobel Campbell and reimagining the machinations of alt.rock with The Gutter Twins have all been frolics that possess all the slap and tickle of a fondly remembered holiday romance, sans the regret.

But if there’s one particular dalliance that one of the original granddaddies of grunge is drawn to like a testy lover, then it’s most certainly Soulsavers; a tumultuous amalgamation of zoned-out jazz lines, wistful soul vocals, moody strings, dreamlike electronic sequences and compact rock. And as Lanegan embarks on his second album with the electro-rock venture conceived by British dance supremos Rich Machin and Ian Glover, a band that’s into its third album proper and one that still maintains a tirelessly revolving door policy of collaborators, it would seem that Lanegan has finally found his ultimate match.

A veritable Dante’s Inferno of an album, ‘Broken’ seethes with laconic fury, bittersweet jealousy and self-indulgence, ponders on loss, grief and redemption and aches with love’s labours lost; it’s a record that speaks of dissonance and despondency and as such is instantaneously engrossing and comforting. Lanegan may have played the self-destructive card in previous incarnations – most tellingly on his version of ‘Ramblin’ Man’ from ‘Ballad Of The Broken Seas’ – but there’s an enticing mournfulness to his collaboration with Jason Pierce on ‘Pharaoh’s Chariot’, and a sadistic quality on ‘Death Bells’, which features vocals from Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes, that pits Lanegan among the greatest hopeless romantics; a caustic rock onslaught accompanies as he snarls, “Death bells are ringing lord, ringing in my ears… no-one at all to grow my graveyard flower”.

The trip-hop-leaning ‘Unbalanced Pieces’, which sees the mighty Mike Patton and Lanegan enter into a vocal tussle that plays off the former’s operatic-tinged falsetto and whispers with the latter’s crusted croon, carries with it a sense of foreboding. The delicate addition of chanteuse Rosa Agostino is the soothing tonic to Lanegan’s rage and talk of “crippled valentines” as the pair duet to the cathartic ‘Rolling Skies’.

Wander no more, Lanegan. It’s clear to see that, with Soulsavers, you’ve found salvation.

Review by Ash Dosanjh, NME

It may be summer and the sun may be blazing, but deep in the hearts of Soulsavers there remains a chill that refuses to thaw.

The third album from Rich Machin's collective - and the second featuring the haggard presence of the ubiquitous Mark Lanegan (does this bloke ever take time off?) - continues where they left off on 2007's ‘It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Land’: all ungodly gospel and long nights of the soul. Further collaborators include Jason Pierce, Will Oldham and Red Ghost on a record that is Soulsavers' most panoramic and - surprisingly - uplifting yet.

Machin has made no secret of his cinematic ambitions and ‘Broken’ begins with the first of two magnificent instrumentals. ‘The Seventh Proof’ slowly beckons us in with a sad piano waltz before spiriting us away with foreboding strings and ominously tolling bells. As the pealing dies out we are welcomed by the reverend of this unholy church, Lanegan himself, as warning us of the ringing's significance on the album's pulsing second track, ‘Death Bells’.

Lanegan is again imperious on this album, bringing a broken bitterness to the Will Oldham-penned ‘You Will Miss Me When I Burn’ (Oldham had sang Lanegan's lyrics on earlier single ‘Sunrise’), yet a touching delicacy to a cover of Gene Clark's ‘Some Misunderstanding’, with the fire and brimstone being provided this time by Machin's arrangement.

And yet, despite the former Screaming Trees man's searing performances, it is left to Sydney's Red Ghost to close the album, with her third contribution, ‘By My Side’, weaving the various threads together to complete ‘Broken’'s gloriously tattered tapestry. Cavernous drums and guitars roll beneath her controlled delivery, an understated peak among a range of consistent highs.

After ‘It's Not How Far You Fall…’, it was difficult to see to where Soulsavers could take their brand of bruised blues and electronic gospel. In truth, they haven't wandered too much further down that desert path with ‘Broken’, but have delivered a follow-up that expands on what worked well last time around, richer in colour and bolder in intent. As they say, if it ain't broken…

Review by Mike Diver, Clash

Soulsavers - Broken (2009)



Tracklist:

01. The Seventh Proof (3:03)
02. Death Bells (4:50)
03. Unbalanced Pieces (4:07)
04. You Will Miss Me When I Burn (3:48)
05. Some Misunderstanding (7:57)
06. All the Way Down (4:49)
07. Shadow Falls (6:36)
08. Can't Catch the Train (3:34)
09. Pharaoh's Chariot (4:32)
10. Praying Ground (3:44)
11. Rolling Sky (7:05)
12. Wise Blood (5:37)
13. By My Side (5:15)


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Soulsavers - Broken (2009)

Soulsavers - Broken (2009)