|Studio album by|
|Released||17 August 2009|
|Genre||Electronica, alternative rock|
|Label||V2 Records/Cooperative Music|
|Mark Lanegan chronology|
|Singles from Broken|
Broken is the third full-length studio album from electronica production duo Soulsavers, released by V2 Records in the UK on 17 August 2009, and released by Columbia Records in the US in September as a digital download.
As with their 2007 album It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land, a collaboration with Mark Lanegan and a host of guest vocalists, Broken once again features Lanegan as the primary vocalist, as well as contributions from Bonnie "Prince" Billy (Will Oldham), Jason Pierce (of Spiritualized and Spacemen 3), Mike Patton (of Faith No More), Richard Hawley, and Gibby Haynes (of Butthole Surfers). The non-album single "Sunrise", a song written by Lanegan and sung by Will Oldham, preceded the album release on 3 August 2009. The AA-side is a cover of Palace Brothers' "You Will Miss Me When I Burn", written by Oldham and sung by Lanegan, that also features on the album.
In a press release for the album, Rich Machin described Broken as the result of Soulsavers' live incarnation. "Touring has definitely brought the guitars to the front of Broken and it's got a more soulful twist too. And though it clearly has some very dark overtones, I don't think it's quite as dark as the last. The album was recorded over 2008 and 2009 in Los Angeles and North England, and also features the vocals of newcomer Red Ghost, the performing moniker of Rosa Agostino. According to Rich, "This young Australian girl from Sydney kept on sending me demos... and she was better than most everything else we'd heard. We traded ideas, and it really gelled."
|Drowned in Sound||9/10|
|The Times Online|||
Initial critical response to Broken was positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 78, based on 11 reviews.
|1.||"The Seventh Proof"||Ian Glover, Rich Machin||Instrumental||3:03|
|2.||"Death Bells"||Glover, Lanegan, Machin, Richard Warren||Mark Lanegan & Gibby Haynes||4:50|
|3.||"Unbalanced Pieces"||Glover, Lanegan, Machin||Mark Lanegan & Mike Patton||4:07|
|4.||"You Will Miss Me When I Burn"||Will Oldham||Mark Lanegan & Red Ghost||3:48|
|5.||"Some Misunderstanding"||Gene Clark||Mark Lanegan||7:57|
|6.||"All the Way Down"||Glover, Lanegan, Machin||Mark Lanegan||4:49|
|7.||"Shadows Fall"||Glover, Lanegan, Machin, Warren||Mark Lanegan & Richard Hawley||6:36|
|8.||"Can't Catch the Train"||Glover, Lanegan, Machin||Mark Lanegan||3:34|
|9.||"Pharaoh's Chariot"||Glover, Lanegan, Machin||Mark Lanegan & Jason Pierce||4:32|
|10.||"Praying Ground"||Mike Johnson, Lanegan, Keni Richards||Red Ghost||3:44|
|11.||"Rolling Sky"||Glover, Lanegan, Machin||Mark Lanegan & Red Ghost||7:05|
|12.||"Wise Blood"||Glover, Machin||Instrumental||5:37|
|13.||"By My Side"||Rosa Agostino, Glover, Machin||Red Ghost||5:15|
|iTunes bonus tracks|
|15.||"Highway Kind"||Townes Van Zandt||Mark Lanegan||2:48|
|Japanese bonus tracks|
|14.||"Highway Kind"||Van Zandt||Mark Lanegan||2:51|
|15.||"Death Bells" (Mogwai Remix)||Glover, Lanegan, Machin, Warren||Mark Lanegan||5:00|
|Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)||28|
|Dutch Albums Chart||58|
|UK Albums Chart||78|