At times the recordings that Isobel Campbell makes with Mark Lanegan sound like duets, but they're actually solo works written, arranged, mixed and produced by Campbell, on which Lanegan lends his weathered howl as a featured vocalist. On past ventures, the two have had very little chemistry and, sadly, no more appears to have developed while making Sunday At Devil Dirt.
It's essentially a continuation of Ballad Of The Broken Seas, with Lanegan's world-weary baritone bellow completely overpowering Campbell's wispy waif-like purr and making her come off like a background singer on her own project. That doesn't spell certain disaster, since Lanegan is an exceptionally good interpretive stylist who records solo albums far too infrequently. But if you were hoping for more of a balanced Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra sort of exchange, this ain't it. Anyone who bought the UK import on V2 back in May should note that this version has four bonus tracks.
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