It's not the first cover album to go to Mark Lanegan's account, but certainly the gentlest and most conservative. The special attraction of the former Screaming Tree singer is his rough voice, which usually gives his interpretations a completely new colouring. However, this is almost completely neutralized on the new plate by fluffy string arrangements. So on "Imitations" you can find songs of very different intensity and clarity, in which Lanegan sometimes shines, but also sometimes powerfully gets married to them. Nick Caves already in the original quite pompous "Brompton Oratory" suffocates in a sea of lard, John Barry's "You Only Live Twice" performed by Nancy Sinatra for "James Bond" is a good update. In Kurt Weill's "Mack The Knife", Lanegan is in top form, precisely because the arrangement is so economical; the jazz standard "Autumn Leaves", on the other hand, is as superfluous as sugar sprinkles on fried eggs. Whether Lanegan did himself a favor with this half-hearted cover collection a few weeks after the release of his masterpiece "Black Pudding" may be up to each person to decide for himself.
Top track: Mack The Knife