Hawk (album)

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A greyscale photograph of a man and a woman in a car. "Hawk Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan" is written in black text above.
Studio album by Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Released 24 August 2010 (2010-08-24)
Recorded 2009 (2009)–2010 (2010)
Genre Alternative rock, folk rock
Length 47:55
Label V2
Producer Isobel Campbell
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan chronology
Sunday at Devil Dirt
(2008)Sunday at Devil Dirt2008
Isobel Campbell chronology
Milkwhite Sheets
(2006) Milkwhite Sheets2006
(2010) Hawk2010
Mark Lanegan chronology
(2004) Bubblegum2004
(2010) Hawk2010
Blues Funeral
(2012) Blues Funeral2012
Singles from Hawk
  1. "You Won't Let Me Down Again"
    Released: 10 September 2010

Hawk is the third collaborative studio album by Scottish indie pop singer Isobel Campbell and American alternative rock musician Mark Lanegan, released on 24 August 2010 on V2 Records. Recorded throughout the United Kingdom and the United States, Hawk features a number of guest musicians, including folk singer Willy Mason, bassist Bill Wells and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 75/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
BBC Positive[3]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound 6/10[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[7]
Mojo 4/5 stars[8]
NME 7/10[9]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[10]
Spin 6/10[11]

Upon its release, Hawk received positive critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 75, based on 22 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[1] Allmusic's Mark Deming awarded Hawk four out of five stars and added that Campbell and Lanegan "continue to merge their distinct but complimentary styles while adding a few new edges to their approach."[2] BBC Music reviewer Andy Fyfe referred to the duo as "a union that just keeps on giving" and called Hawk "teelier, more focused" and "its best album yet."[3] In his review for the Chicago Tribune, Greg Kot gave the album three out of four stars and said the album had "a rich, insinuating sound", adding "there are also several twists that make this much more than just a rehash of a proven formula."[4] Writing for Drowned in Sound, Alexander Tudor gave a mixed review, calling the album "the most energetic record yet from the pair" but adding that "some old weaknesses remain. Individually, and in collaboration, Campbell & Lanegan have always been limited to predictable melodies and chord progressions." Tudor rated the album six out of ten.[5] Maddy Costa of The Guardian said "the pleasure of Campbell flitting like a will-o'-the-wisp in the cracks between Lanegan's fierce, parched growls is predictable now. Hawk impresses instead with its signs of Campbell's increased confidence as songwriter, arranger and producer", awarding the album three out of five stars.

Los Angeles Times reviewer Mikael Wood wrote a mixed review, awarding the album half of a four star rating, and stating the duo are "still drawing power from the tension between her wispy indie-pop coo and his deep blues-grunge growl" but "Hawk works best when Campbell [...] nudges their collaboration into new territory: the lush, retro-'70s soul sound of "Come Undone" [...] or "Get Behind Me," a blast of raw, White Stripes-style garage rock."[7] Mojo rated the album four out of five stars and said that the duo had "surpassed the Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood comparisons to create an intense, fluid sound that's uniquely their own."[8] Ash Dosanjh of the NME awarded the album a seven out of ten rating, praising Campbell's songwriting and vocals but adding "what is unfortunate is that she allows Lanegan to utterly dominate their duets."[9] Writing for Slant Magazine, Jesse Cataldo said "their habit of slipping into archetypal styles often makes them seem shiftless and phony" and it "often sounds more like a jukebox than an album" but added it is "done so professionally, with a crisp production and a serious devotion to the particulars of each style."[10] In his review for Spin, Marc Hogan rated the album six out of ten and said "Hawk faithfully follows its predecessors' dusty Americana blueprint."[11]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Isobel Campbell except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Die and See Beauty Reign" Campbell, Jim McCulloch 2:56
2. "You Won't Let Me Down Again" Campbell, McCulloch 3:30
3. "Snake Song" Townes van Zandt 2:48
4. "Come Undone" Campbell 5:44
5. "No Place to Fall" van Zandt 3:17
6. "Get Behind Me" Campbell 5:09
7. "Time of the Season" Campbell 4:28
8. "Hawk" Campbell 2:28
9. "Sunrise" Campbell 2:32
10. "To Hell & Back Again" Campbell 4:46
11. "Cool Water" Campbell 3:38
12. "Eyes of Green" Campbell 1:51
13. "Lately" Campbell 4:48
Total length: 47:55
iTunes[12] bonus track
No. Title Length
14. "Won't Be Sorry" 3:23
Total length: 51:18


All personnel credits adapted from Hawk's liner notes.[13]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
Belgian Albums Chart (Vl)[14] 5
Belgian Albums Chart (Wa)[15] 53
Dutch Top 100[16] 54
Finnish Albums Chart[17] 42
French SNEP Albums Chart[18] 119
Greek IFPI Albums Chart[19] 14
Norwegian Albums Chart[20] 21
Swiss Hitparade Albums Chart[21] 28
UK Albums Chart[22] 29
US Billboard Heatseekers Albums[23] 11


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  2. ^ a b "Hawk – Isobel Campbell, Mark Lanegan: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Fyfe, Andy (August 9, 2010). "Music – Review of Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk". BBC. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Kot, Greg (August 23, 2010). "Turn It Up: Album Reviews: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, Hawk". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Company. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Tudor, Alexander (August 16, 2010). "Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell – Hawk // Releases". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Costa, Maddy (August 12, 2010). "Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan: Hawk | CD Review | Music". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Wood, Mikael (August 23, 2010). "Album review: Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan's Hawk". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Review of Hawk – Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan". Mojo. Bauer Media Group (September 2010): 96. 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Dosanjh, Ash (August 16, 2010). "Album Review: Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk (V2/Cooperative)". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Cataldo, Jesse (August 20, 2010). "Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan: Hawk | Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Hogan, Marc (August 9, 2010). "Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, Hawk | Albums | Critical Mass". Spin. Buzzmedia. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Music – Hawk by Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved October 29, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Hawk (CD). Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan. V2 Records. 2010. VVR740601.  Retrieved October 29, 2012.
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  15. ^ "Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk". Ultratop (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk". lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk". greekcharts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on March 24, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk". Hitparade (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan | Artist". The Official Charts Company. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Hawk – Isobel Campbell, Mark Lanegan: Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 

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