Sunday, May 11, 2008

Opposites attract

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ODD couple Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan return on Monday with Sunday At Devil Dirt, the pair's second collaboration.
And it's no surprise the duo of Belle & Sebastian singer and cellist Campbell and former Screaming Trees singer Lanegan are back - Mark Lanegan has proven to be one of the hardest working men in music over the past 12 months.
However here the grizzled singer is not as firey as on electronica outing Soulsavers or the rockier The Gutter Twins - instead on Sunday At Devil Dirt Lanegan has a wistful Leonard Cohen quality to his voice.
And backed up by Isobel Campbell's irresistably sweet vocals, tracks like Salvation and Back Burner are like walking through the set of a spaghetti Western movie.
This outing is ultimately more of the same from the unlikely pairing, but as the Mercury-nominated Ballad Of The Broken Seas was such a resounding success, why not?

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