Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk

January 01, 1970

(Vanguard)

 

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Initially, they seemed like rock’s oddest couple, she being
a former vocalist and cellist with Scottish shoegazers Belle & Sebastian
and he the former front man with grunge rockers Screaming Trees and a reliable
support player with Queens of the Stone Age. Regardless,
after three collaborative efforts, the duo’s found their footing by virtue of
both somber, subdued ballads and coarse, swamp-filtered rumblings.

 

Consequently, Hawk remains as haunting and meditative as always, Lanegan’s gruff, tattered vocals
providing a distinct counterpoint to Campbell’s
timid nocturnal whisper. Likewise, credit Campbell’s production prowess for
injecting an ethereal ambiance and cinematic suggestion, especially evident in
the mournful “No Place to Fall,” the weary ramble of “Cool Water” and the
hushed contemplation of “Sunrise.” Occasional offerings shatter the mold-specifically,
the raucous, squawking title track and the rugged rockabilly of “Get Behind
Me”-and when the duo steer their twilight harmonies towards the easy rural sway
of “Eyes of Green” and the rousing gospel-tinged “Lately,” Hawk soars towards even greater heights.

 

DOWNLOAD: “Eyes
of Green,” “Lately” LEE ZIMMERMAN

 

 

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