Campbell And Lanegan Sing A Seduction Song

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  • Song: "Come on Over (Turn Me On)"
  • Artist: Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell
  • CD: Sunday at Devil Dirt
  • Genre: Rock
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In "Come on Over (Turn Me On)," Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan coo and growl, with chemistry that's palpable and deep. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Romance may or may not be dead, but song-based seduction thrives on in the music of Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan. It may not have been an intuitive decision to pair the kittenish vocals of the former Belle and Sebastian collaborator with the gruff voice of the former Screaming Trees frontman, but it's pure brilliance. In "Come on Over (Turn Me On)," Campbell and Lanegan coo and growl, respectively, waltzing around each other like two newly smitten neophytes with tractor beams for gazes. The resulting chemistry is both palpable and deep.

"Come on Over (Turn Me On)" trades the tried-and-true back-and-forth duet for a more synergistic kind of passion. "Sunday best, you're my favorite suit," they croon together. "You make the team / You're no substitute." The clincher? "When you leave me, I know it won't be long / Come on over, turn me on." The climax is art in its own right: a slow build that uses tasteful orchestration to highlight the brewing tension that surrounds it. "Come on Over (Turn Me On)" is the rarest of seduction ballads: one that seems more than ready to follow through on its intentions.

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Album
Sunday at Devil Dirt [Bonus Tracks]
Artist
Isobel Campbell/Mark Lanegan
Label
Fontana Universal
Released
2008

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