Thursday, February 28, 2008

Soulsavers - It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land

Soulsavers has released two albums to date. "It's Not How Far...." is the most recent of these offerings. Soulsavers is normally an electronica duo featuring the work of Ian Glover and Rich Machin. This album, however, plays more like a dark gospel album. The vocals are handled by Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) and one slot with Will Oldham (Self and Bonnie Prince Billy). The former is the highlight of this album. Lanegan's voice is emotive and certain.
When I first tried to put the sound into words, I thought Revival, which is the first track title. The album now plays more like an exorcism; an exorcism of painful pasts and failures. The religious overtones force sentimentality. It is as if you have stumbled upon a stranger singing his blues in order to repair his broken soul, and you sit there- captivated- listening secretly. At times during the record you get the sense you are growing younger; like you are being cleansed. "It Is Not How Far You Fall, It Is the Way You Land" is a bandage for your broken will. It can turn the staunchest atheist to salvation. Lanegan has a holy voice. Inspiring, indeed.


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