ISOBEL CAMPBELL & MARK LANEGAN Grand Ole Opry, Glasgow, July 12 * * *

August 11, 2011

As spectacles go, this was a fairly routine affair. Musically sound but far from compelling, pleasant rather than attention-grabbing. There’s no doubting the quality of songs like Won’t Let Me Down Again and Hawk, but as a live experience it was one of those shows where you’d have been better staying home and buying the record.

While Lanegan undoubtedly possesses a certain dark charm and presence, he looked disinterested throughout and Campbell’s timid hushed vocals were often barely audible over the noise from the bar.

An enjoyable performance in parts but overall it was one which suffered more troughs than it offered peaks.

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan’s ‘Who Built the Road’

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