So, Mark Lanegan Band‘s Gargoyle was released on Friday. I actually pre-ordered it a while back via that Amazon, but I cancelled the order on Friday as it hadn’t been dispatched and I needed my Lanegan fix. So, I figured I would nab it while I was in town (I work in the city centre, y’see). Seeing an opportunity, I heading to the local independent retailer at break (just a 5-minute walk from the office).
Now, I won’t go into it in too much detail, but despite having bought many things from that place over the years, I’ve had reason to avoid it for the last, well, a good few years. Mostly cause they’re a bit rude and not even in the Jack Black from High Fidelity type of way. Anyhoo, a few folks I know like the place and I figured I’d give them the benefit of the doubt. Plus, I was gonna be the winner, cause I’d have Lanegan (plus I would have supported the indie brick and mortar place – go me!).
Anyhoo, I browsed the racks and didn’t see it. Actually bumped into a chap I know who was also looking for it. He was buying something else, so I ventured to the till with him and we enquired about it. Hadn’t come in yet. I could have visited another one of the record stores, but I thought I’d get it there if he was expecting it, so I asked the likely price (as you do). Incredibly, he didn’t know! What? Don’t be absurd, I thought. He actually suggested I “check on Amazon cause it’d be roughly that much”. Clearly inconvenienced by the question (despite there being only two of us in the store). I really shoulda said I would do that and I’d order it there while I’m at it, but I looked at my fellow Lanegan hunter and wished him well.
Fortunately, my fellow Lanegan hunter dropped me a line to say it was in Fopp for £20. Pretty much the exact price it was on Amazon. So, I got it. Go me.
So much for supporting your local independent record store.
As for the album, well, initial thoughts are that The Guardian / The Observer are easily impressed. It’s good, but, well, I keep hoping for one of Lanegan’s dusty records. Don’t get me wrong, while there’s nothing as great as Phantom Radio’s I Am The Wolf or Torn Red Heart, it might just be more consistent overall. There are some nifty vibes and a few outstanding songs… but I suspect it’ll really start revealing itself over a few listens.