It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s The Way You Land – Soulsavers

I’m not gonna reiterate too much, but Mark Lanegan is one of the most under appreciated singers/lyricists of our generation. Aside from the occasional collaboration album with Isobel Campbell, I’ve pretty much dug everything he’s put out. Back in 2007, I heard he was collaborating with these two electronica guys from England who go under the guise, Soulsavers. I’m prejudice against electronica music to begin with, but like I said, since Marky Mark was in it, I figured it was worth a listen. And I did NOT expect this.

The album is composed of mostly original songs and a couple of covers, including a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “No Expectations” and Neil Young’s “Through My Sails.” Yeah, I know, it’s sacrilegious to cover the Stones or Young and normally, I’m against people doing their own versions of those songs (usually because they turn out shitty), but this is way different. They don’t cover either note for note and they add their own twist (correction: INTERESTING twist) and make it awesome.  I’m not a religious person at all, but I got CHILLS when I heard the opening song, “Revival.” A choir and the bells make the song uplifting and yet, sad at the same time.

Revival – Soulsavers

I’m gonna go ahead and give you a semi-late warning. This isn’t exactly the happiest album. In fact, it can get pretty depressing at times. Like sitting at the edge of your bed and staring into space with a Pint of Jack Daniels at 3 AM kind of depressing (the cover of “Spiritual” has lyrics that beg Jesus not to let him “die alone”). Yeah,  it can get bad. However, the music is really beautiful and is a bit of a release. Your parents used to say “take the bad with the good.” This is more like the bad being good, if that makes sense. Anyways, my favorite part of the album has to be the choirs they use, especially in the song “Paper Money.” Lanegan’s screams accompanied by the choir in the chorus makes the song hit you like cold rain, but in the best way possible.

Paper Money – Soulsavers

Anyways, enough blabbing. You can probably find the album online somewhere (legally or illegally). It’s worth a listen, but it’s not something I would recommend if you’re having a bad day already. Give it a try though. You shouldn’t be disappointed.

Kingdom of Rain – Soulsavers

No Expectations (the Rolling Stones cover) – Soulsavers

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