I'm a fan of most things Greg Dulli has done, in particular his collaborations with Mark Lanegan and, of course, Powder Burns (more of which in a moment). Dynamite Steps has it's moments, soaring melodies, absorbing lyrics and some pretty cool electronica, Last Night in Town. On the Corner and Never Seen No Devil stand comparison with the best he's done, which means pretty damn good. But, and there is a but, it just isn't as diverse, textured or consistent as Powder Burns, there is none of the wonky, catchy brilliance of Bonnie Bray or Forty Dollars, the passion of Powder Burns itself, or the splendor of I wish I was. That's a lot of 'nones', which shouldn't dissuade anyone from buying this album, which is good, it's just not brilliant. Powder Burns is one of my favourite albums of the 21st century, along with Soulsavers' Broken and Mark Lanegan's Bubblegum. In that august company Dynamite Steps falls short of greatness.