Over the past two decades, the gravelly, boozed and burdened voice of Mark Lanegan has been featured in grunge, hard rock, American roots, country, folk, and even electronic music. Yet, rarely does it sound any better than when paired with the sprite-like charms of Isobel Campbell. “You Won’t Let Me Down Again,” from the soon to be released album, Hawk, finds Lanegan’s slow, hungry yowl taking the lead with Campbell providing a stark contrast with her light, fluttery background vocals. The guitars featured here — One loosely strummed acoustic, and one twanged-out electric only add more of a load to Lanegan’s established weariness. At this point it may be fair to ask, how much more can that torn voice take, but with the results so startling, the answer has to be more, long enough for more.
Hawk, the third album by the duo of Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan will be out August 24th on Vanguard Records.