Mark Lanegan – Blues Funeral (Beggars Banquet / Select Distribution)

While you could argue that many of the bands that emerged from the Pacific Northwest at the height of grunge-mania had distinctive vocalists, none quite compared to former Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan. Thanks to his rich, smoky baritone vocals, Lanegan’s vocal delivery verges on hypnotizing which in turn heightens the music that he is singing over top of. Producer Alain Johannes captivatingly incorporates hints of electronica into many of the tracks featured here yet wisely does not let it overpower Lanegan’s naturally melancholic, brooding vocals.