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Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
Ramblin' Man EP
V2 Records

Rating: 9/10 ?


December 7, 2005
Isobel Campbell must be feeling awfully sinister these days. In recording the Ramblin' Man EP, the angelic ex-Belle And Sebastian chanteuse has made a pact with the devilish Mark Lanegan, the gravel-throated ne'er-do-well whose smoky vocals have graced records by the Screaming Trees and Queens Of The Stone Age, in addition to his own solo work. The contrast of Campbell's sweet, breathy incantations and Lanegan's sandpaper bellow is intoxicating on this spare, tantalizing four-song teaser of traditional blues and country noir. Their full-length collaboration Ballad Of The Broken Seas is due out in the spring of 2006, and if this EP is any indication, it should be positively sinful.

The EP's title track is an old Hank Williams' song that Lanegan and Campbell treat viciously. Sly and slinky, the rockabilly guitar has a mysterious, pulp-novel quality to it, and it creeps like a poisonous vine as the shambling rhythm section shuffles along in the background. A whip slaps against sensitive flesh while a dissolute Lanegan confesses his wayward nature and Campbell seductively whispers her salacious response. It oozes sex and Lanegan's languorous lead guitar heat and smug whistle sound murderous. It's easy to picture Lanegan as the big, bad wolf who is about to ravish our belle of the twee-pop ball, but she's no delicate flower. Somewhere there's a cowboy S&M parlor that needs a theme song. This is it.

Shifting gears, Campbell and Lanegan offer the innocence of "(Do You Wanna) Come Walk With Me." Set to delicate, waltzing acoustic guitar and single-note piano, this is the Campbell-Lanegan's homage to American Recordings

Reviewed by Peter Lindblad
Peter Lindblad lives in Appleton, Wis., and bleeds green and gold just like all the Packer fan nutjobs in the area. He does draw the line at wearing blocks of chedder on his head, or any other body parts for that matter, though. His professional career has taken weird twists and turns that have led him to his current position as an editor at a coin magazine. He hopes his stay there will be a short one. Before that, he worked as an associate editor at a log home magazine. To anyone that will listen, he\'ll swear that Shiner was one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk the earth. Yet he also has much love for Superchunk, Spoon, DJ Shadow, Swervedriver, Wilco, Fugazi, Jawbox, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Modest Mouse, among others.

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