The second of Dulli's Twilight Singers projects, Blackberry Belle, sounds like the kind of album The Afghan Whigs could have made after those seedy nights depicted during the phenomenal 1965. If 1965 was the heady heights of sleaze, R&B and late night parties with Demons, Blackberry Belle was the realisation that you'd lost everything and those Demons were now cashing in the chips and claiming the soul.
Dulli's voice sounds tired and at times restrained; perhaps he's done being angry? However, when he asks, "You wanna go for a ride?" on Teenage Wristband you get the feeling that the old Greg is lingering somewhere. Songs like St. Gregory, The Killer, Esta Noche and Number 9 revisit those old subjects of obsession and redemption, while the hushed Follow You Down seems to indicate a loyalty to a friend who's in a difficult place. And the beautiful closing track (featuring Mark Lanegan) appears to be asking the Devil for one last chance.
Blackberry Belle is as sad as it is triumphant. It's not just a fall from grace without hope, it's about the strength of the soul.