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In The Fade is notable as it is the first time that former Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan takes lead vocal duties (although he also appears as a backing vocalist on Leg Of Lamb, Auto-Pilot and I Think I Lost My Headache).
Josh Homme had previously acted as a touring guitarist for Screaming Trees in the mid-‘90s following the break-up of Kyuss. When Screaming Trees finally ended their 15 year career in 2000 Lanegan joined the ranks of QOTSA and continued to play with the band until ’05.
Lanegan is actually, after Homme, QOTSA’s longest standing member. Despite leaving the ranks of their live line-up in ’05 he has continued to make appearances on every studio record since.
In The Fade is easy to overlook when surrounded by the catchier, more full-on tracks on Rated R, but in retrospect it’s one of the albums most emotive, tender and, as a result, most interesting songs.