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Pop thrives on bright young things, but an early contender for the top slot in 2012’s end-of-year polls is one of rock’s wizened old warriors.

Mark Lanegan has toiled at the margins for 30 years, first as the singer in the grunge-era near-misses, Screaming Trees.

Thereafter, he’s been a kind of vocal gun-for-hire, lending his gravelly, brooding baritone to rock band Queens of the Stone Age, and duetting with Scottish indie singer Isobel Campbell, with whom he made three rapturously received records.

It’s his latest solo album, Blues Funeral, however, which has been making waves.

Across all his life’s trials, his voice has gradually acquired a depth and power which is unparalleled in contemporary music.

He sounds like Leonard Cohen meeting Johnny Cash, with an even fiercer refusenik streak.

“Most of the music I’m into wasn’t popular when it was being made,” he notes.

Thanks to his latest masterpiece, however, Lanegan himself may have to prepare for a different fate.

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There is something of the kid-in-the-sweetie-shop about his work with Rich Machin of Soulsavers (the alias of his production duo with Ian Glover), where his altogether cheerier persona, if less automatically lauded voice, has replaced that of lugubrious Mark Lanegan.“I grew up in a small, rural community, where my extended family were mountain-folk type people, and some were very religious.Then, I listened to a lot of blues music — it’s a combination of those things.” Lanegan grew up in the backwater town of Ellensburg, in Washington state, and fell into heroin addiction at a young age.I begin to see why Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, once called him “the meanest nice guy I’ve ever met” and why Lanegan has never crossed over to the mainstream (or wanted to): he doesn’t play the game, hence his cult appeal so far.“I’ve always written whatever seemed appropriate for a piece of music,” he says.

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