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Twilight Singers Audio CD
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“Whenever you’re here, you’re alive” are the first words sung on Dynamite Steps, the upcoming new album from Greg Dulli’s Twilight Singers collective. That line comes from the opening track, “Last Night in Town.” Commencing a record with that title is a ballsy gambit, but there’s a method to his madness. “Last Night in Town” serves ... Read more in Amazon's Twilight Singers Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Jan 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dutch Imports
  • ASIN: B00004YU58
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Last temptation
2. Railroad lullaby
3. East 17th
4. Into the street
5. Twilight

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Recorded in the summer of 1996 with a rotating band of New Orleans musicians, Twilight As Played By The Twilight Singers is the first solo release from Greg Dulli, lead singer for Ohio's whisky-bar Motown rockers the Afghan Whigs. That this ever made it to the pressing plant is a surprise; shortly after recording ended, Whigs paymasters Elecktra severed ties with their investment, and--unmixed--the mastertapes were left to collect cobwebs for the best part of four years. In 2000, Dulli took the tapes to England and, unconventionally, mixed them with the aid of British remix outfit Fila Brazillia. Twilight, then, shuns the unpolished, earthy soul of the Whigs--the opening "The Twilight Kid" is bolstered by a glossy drum loop, and "Annie May" comes with a breakbeat-laden backdrop of stuttering electronics. The trouble is, slick sequencing does absolutely nothing for these tales of simmering jealousy and torn romanticism; Dulli's raw emotive thrust is diluted to the point of sterility. If you are unacquainted with the Afghan Whigs, look straight to Dulli's masterpiece, 1993's Gentlemen; this is for Whigs obsessives only. --Louis Pattison

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok. 1 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Can be boring at times, I'm affraid.
It's a matter on how much you like Geg Dulli's voice.
In my opinion the best singer, Shawn Smith, is the one who's singing in the lest amount of songs,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality album from ex-Afghan Whigs front man. 27 Feb 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This album by Greg Dulli's new band really shows a new direction in his musical career. It is a beautifully crafted collection of songs which uses Dulli's charismatic voice to the best of its ability. But it could not be said that this is an album by Greg Dulli and the guys at the back, with the rest of the band aquitting themselves well.
The music could be called soul-grunge in style, with the emphasis on the soul. The lyrics are dark, and although poignant it is the music that really craves attention. The album is the sort you would put on in the background if you had a group of friends over to catch up on old times- nothing obtrusive but not banal.
Overall an excellent album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another underrated gem from Greg Dulli........ 4 Feb 2001
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Greg Dulli has been steadily developing as one of underground rock`s great songwriters. His work with the Afghan Whigs has steadily improved from intelligent grunge rock to deep emotional modern soul. The Twilight Singers is effectively Dulli with the help of his friends. These include Harold Chichester from an excellent band called Howlin` Maggie and Shawn Smith from Brad. At times these three voices range from ragged to beautiful in the space of one song. It must be said that the Twilight Singers is gentler than the Afghan Whigs. The beats are often electronic and the songs twist and turn with subtlety as opposed to the driving crescendo and glorious jams of the Whigs. But most impressive, as always, are the tunes. Dulli is not a great singer, at times he`s flat, but he has a unique voice and the ability to have you singing along with him - out of key, out of tune and with a smile. I recommend Twilight by the Twilight Singers for the same reason I`d recommend the Afghan Whigs. It`s music with true emotion coursing through it`s veins. And lyrically Dulli is at his cheekiest - "Get your hands up off me girl - I think I know my way around by now". Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dulli does it again 18 Sep 2000
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Format:Audio CD
In a "side-project" with a bunch of other people (Howlin' Maggie, Filia Brazilia etc.), Greg Dulli (of Afghan Whigs fame) introduces us to the sulty if not somewhat sad world of the twilight dweller. The songs seem to echo the slower songs off Black Love. Much like Congregation, I had to buy this as soon as I heard it! For Afghan Whigs fans, this is a much needed fix.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  42 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT AN AMAZING RECORD 19 Sep 2000
By Dsc - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Even though Fila Brazilia collaborated on this album, it ain't no electronica album. Fila adds, as usual, the right subtle touch of funk and space to Dulli's funk and soul. Talk about unusual pairings, Dulli and Fila make an album that's worth taking home the best album of 2000 award. The sound is still unmistakably Afghan Whigs, but softer, more quiet and more optimistic than any Whigs' album. The Whigs are adept at creating anthems that perfectly describe an emotion. The same holds true on the Twilight album. Every song describes a fleeting moment in time, in human emotion. Hence the Twilight moniker. After my first listen, I almost cried. Goosebumps ran up and down my body. If there are any miracles in music, this is definitely one of them. Thank you Greg for making me feel like I'm never alone.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANCE IN TWILIGHT 29 Oct 2001
By Michael DiMarco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ever so smooth, Greg Dulli's voice slinks around piano chords like vintage Marvin Gaye on the darkest of evenings. Once again, Dulli has created a masterpiece, nodding favorably to the rhythm and blues soul that continues to influence his music. This time around the music is mellower, though the emotions expressed mimic those of previous Whigs' albums. Nothing has changed lyrically: Dulli is the bastard in bed, watching the nameless girls crawl out of his room before dawn, watching the dirty videos he presumably filmed himself. He plays scapegoat, stalker, and victim and plays them all well. Plays us well. And in the end, a lustful lick on the cheek meets a deserving kick in the groin.
Holding out his hand, Dulli takes us to places existing in the small window of twilight, under the silver stars and moons on the album's cover, where hearts are broken in a jaded romanticism familiar to Whigs' fans. The emotions are powerful and far-reaching. Yet Dulli makes it work because when he speaks we believe him. Or at least we try. Hanging on every word, the brutal, jagged honesty oozes from his mouth in neatly written verse. Undoubtedly, this is the soundtrack to the night, as it complements those hours precisely.
Backed by New Orleans session players, and calling themselves the Twilight Singers, Dulli incorporates drum machines, ambient grooves, and subtle piano into the mix. Consequently, he eases off the trademark guitar riffs, which came to define the Whigs in the decade past. The swank is still apparent, however, possibly even more so, creeping through horn arrangements, lush melodies, and Dulli's swelling wails and whispers. Those expecting the hard-edged riffs of "Gentlemen" and "1965" will be disappointed, as this record is an experiment, mixed by Fila Brazillia, and meant to stray slightly from the posturing self-assurance of the Afghan Whigs. Each song is itself artful testament, weaving through the tapestry of modern relationships. We arrive at the final track, immersed completely in Dulli's purgatory. Lost in the dark. Yet arriving here at track 12 we are reassured by the singer that this twilight may indeed hold promise. Dulli says so. And we believe him. Just like all the other girls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fallacy of gestalt 17 Mar 2005
By A. Epstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It seems that listeners don't understand that this album is NOT Greg Dulli, nor is it Fila Brazillia. It is an entirely new and synergistic beast, and this is why it is not called "Fila Brazillia plays Dulli" or something of the like. This is one of the few albums that I can listen to for hours upon hours, and this is entirely the result of experimentation, collective vision, and a superb analogy between lyric, instrumentation and production. Somehow, the Twilights are able to combine racking heartache and betrayal with appropriate bittersweetness to create a masterpiece of ephemera. I constantly feel after listening that I have lost something deep inside -- but found the marrow of myself nevertheless. Of the songs abounding in the soundtrack I play inside my head, tracks from Twilight invariably pop up out of the blue, and I find myself humming for hours. It's a truly complex album too -- I'm always finding a note here or there that I never noticed, without which the songs wouldn't quite be the same -- the hallmark of an excellent work. Quite frankly, this is a beautiful album of true and unfettered emotion -- the layering of sounds only serves to further amplify -- and the segues are fantastic, rivaling perhaps the second side of Abbey Road. The irony here is the album's ability to make you feel as if you're falling in love despite lyrics such as "tell me where you were." Again, a bittersweetness that always leaves me wanting more.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it's not SUPPOSED to be the whigs, people! 9 Jan 2004
By Brent Chapman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
yeah, yeah, it's not the whigs. but neither was "1965", in my opinion.
this is greg dulli. a little happier, freed up from rock angst, liberated by a drum machine. the guilt that fueled dulli in the whigs days, at least up to "black love", seems to have dissipated. now he's all about getting it on.
i loved the whigs, and i love "twilight." yes, they are very different entities, but after hearing "1965" you had to know where dulli was heading with his next project.
overproduced? yeah. but who cares? this is lush, get-it-on music. i have a copy of "love" before the fila brazilia extreme makeover, and it's great, but the album version fits perfectly into the feel of the record. sure, this album is not perfect, "annie mae" falls a little flat for some reason. but all of the other songs are very good, with some greatness scattered into the mix.
and let's not forget shawn smith and happy chichester. are there any less appreciated guys in music today? these guys are amazing talents, but no one's heard of them. the three part harmonies between these guys are heartbreaking.
so go out and get the record. and get the new howling maggie, too.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy and Fun: Greg at his finest! 16 Oct 2000
By Jennifer Avery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Despite my endless love for Greg Dulli and Shawn Smith, I was a little bit apprehensive about this record, but I really had no reason to be. For those Whig fans who like the crooner side of Greg Dulli, this will be a lovely treat. As for those Whig fans who are more into the screamer side of Greg Dulli and the angry, wild guitar licks of John Curley, it may not be so good to your ears. The album is very true to its name, "Twilight". It's perfect for those evenings at home after a long hard day at work. The mood of the album is somber and surprisingly sweet. All in all, I was greatly impressed by this album, and I look forward more collaborations with Greg (and the rest of the Whigs for that matter) and Shawn Smith and Fila Brazilia.
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