Music Review

Whiskey for the Holy (1994)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Lead Performance: Mark Lanegan

Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan temporarily ditches his arboreal pals on this intensely beautiful second solo effort. Lyrics dense with metaphors of death and drink come to life through Lanegan's smokey tenor, which howls and billows from the depths of subconsciousness. Shadowy background voices, wispy violins, and lumbering acoustic guitars add to the haunting allure. A delightful companion for last call in purgatory. A-

Originally posted Jan 21, 1994 Published in issue #206 Jan 21, 1994 Order article reprints