Ramblin' Man





They always say it's better late than never, and in this case that saying couldn't be truer. Granted I have always been a fan of Isobel Campbell (Belle & Sebastian), her sweet, understated vocals are something of lullabies. Her latest EP, Ramblin' Man, was created with Screeming Trees' singer Mark Lanegan and can best be described as sweet, dark and something for the collectors. It should be added that the bitterness of Lanegan's voice ironically goes quite well with Campbell's angelic vocals. In addition, you can't even tell that the most of the album was recorded by transferring files over the internet, and not by recording together. The album starts off with a cover of Hank Williams' "Ramblin' Man". Easily the most upbeat song off the EP, it slinks and slides with a rockabilly beat. The only other song that Lanegan is on, "(Do You Wanna) Come Walk With Me", is just the opposite and is a lovely acoustic folk song. Up next is "Revolver (Part 2)" that was written by Lanegan, however it is Campbell who is featured singing. Could this track be related to "Revolver", which is going to be on Campbell's upcoming album, Ballad Of The Broken Seas? "St. James Infirmary", an outtake from the forthcoming LP, has brilliant strings that fill the spaces between Campbell's dreamy solo vocals. If this EP is anything like what the full is going to be like then we are in for a treat.

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
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Ramblin' Man