07 March 2012
Mark Lanegan has made quite a habit of visiting these shores, this was his third visit in just over 2 years. We arrived to a packed-out Academy as the unidentified support band were in mid set. They had a grungy, repetitive groove, not by any means unpleasant but not so engaging either.
The main man appeared with full band in tow to a raucous reception. Lanegan didn’t merely plug his new album but reached back into his back catalogue covering tracks like Hit the City, Resurrection Song, and 100 Days, the latter being one of the strongest performances of the night.
As ever, Mark Lanegan kept his inner thoughts to himself and chose to let his songs and wonderful singing voice do the talking. His performance was somewhat subdued but it was the newer material that was arguably the high points of the night. Songs like The Gravedigger’s Song, St Louis Elegy and Bleeding Muddy Water overcame some predictable lyrics to blossom in a live setting.
It was not a life-altering experience but it wasn’t meant to be. Simply some fine songs performed well to a very appreciative crowd.