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13 (Acts Of Love): Mick Harvey's Favourite Albums
Julian Marszalek , April 1st, 2014 04:16

Fresh off the back of his Ministry Of Wolves work and with Serge Gainsbourg albums and live shows on the way, the former Bad Seed and prolific singer-songwriter gives Julian Marszalek the rundown of his top 13 records


Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral
I really love Mark Lanegan's recent albums. I just thought that Bubblegum was brilliant; a fantastic album. Blues Funeral is a hard one to get a grasp of because it sounds a bit same-y and there's a density which is kind of odd but it's a really catchy album. It's got some really great songs on it and I really think he's onto something at the moment. I've been enjoying so much of his recent work but this one has got the most consistency to it. It really does deserve repeated listening; you really get it after listening to it a few times. The first times it doesn't quite go in and I always love albums that you need to listen to a few times before it starts to reveal new things about itself. That's something you can't plan or you can't write material like that for it to have that effect. It's great when you come across stuff that does that.

Mark invited me to work on Bubblegum but he was working in America and I just wasn't able to it. Obviously, in hindsight, I'm very disappointed not to have done it. But I also found out yesterday that he's got a new album out which I'm going to be getting as soon as possible. I've got the albums he did with Isobel Campbell as well but it's the solo ones that really stand out.

I'd love to work with Mark – that'd be great. I really love what he does but we move in very different geographical patterns. We occasionally cross paths but with the lives we lead and the priorities we have it's pretty hard to link up like that.