Mark Lanegan – Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011

Light in the Attic

If you’ve yet to lose yourself in the dark and lonely world of Mark Lanegan Light in the Attic have made the journey easy. With 32 tracks three LPs and over two decades worth of material Has God Seen My Shadow? is the closest thing you’re going to get to a “beginner’s guide to Mark Lanegan.” God knows he deserves one.

Perhaps best known for fronting classic ’90s outfit Screaming Trees Lanegan has branched far outside the realms of grunge in his solo work emerging as a songwriter’s songwriter and a timeless-sounding one at that. Whether trading lines with PJ Harvey working with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme or enlisting the skills of J Mascis and Tad Doyle Lanegan has a gift for highlighting the often unseen beauty that can be found in darkness penning gruff but tender ballads that are as poetic as they are touching.

Fans already know this thanks to albums like 1990’s The Winding Sheet 1999’s I’ll Take Care of You and 2004’s Bubblegum whose highlights (among many others) are covered here. Generously though half the tracks on Has God Seen My Shadow? are previously unreleased giving something new — and essential — to even longtime followers.