Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, ‘Sunday at Devil Dirt’ (Fontana/V2)
This unlikely twosome seem too ludicrously incompatible to inspire any musical alchemy: She brought extra twee-ness to Belle and Sebastian’s twee-est years, and he growled through grunge as the lead Screaming Tree. But when she writes the songs — dark, deliciously dreary stories of yore — and coos in the background as he spreads the vocal molasses, there’s an audible click. Like a scruffier Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra or, maybe more appropriately, Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue. Nearly every song on their secondcollaboration — but particularly the brooding “Salvation” and sweetly melancholy “Trouble” — reveals gorgeous comfort in the juxtaposition.