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"...Feel the powder burn...",
This review is from: Powder Burns (Audio CD)
Ok, so this is going to be the most biased review I could ever write. Why? Well, Greg Dulli's Twilight Singers are one of my all time favourite bands, and hopefully if you take the Twilight plunge they will be yours as well.
I don't think I can fault this album, from the rock swagger of I'm Ready through the beauty of Candy Cane Crawl, to the Floyd-esque ending of I Wish I Was, this is Mr Dulli's most accomplished work post Afghan Whigs.
I think pre-Hurricane Katrina (the album was recorded in part in New Orleans in the wake of that terrible natrual disaster), Greg Dulli was in danger of limiting his vision to the (almost) certain detriment of his obvious talent. Blackberry Bell (the 2nd Singers cd), his solo "joint" Amber Headlights and to an extent the covers cd, She Loves You (although you've propbably never heard covers performed this way), kind of sounded like 3 albums made up from one song (a post-modern, alt-rock Thick as a Brick - One for you Jethro Tull fans out there!). A well used saying goes (and I paraphrase), that every songwriter is essentially writing the same song, over and over again. I actually didn't mind this as Greg Dulli's one song beats the hell out of most bands entire back catalogue-Fact, no internal dialogue needed!
The change in Greg Dulli following Katrina and being clean from narcotics for the first time in years, bleeds through every one of these 12 tracks. Surrounding himself with people of equal talent (Ani DiFranco, Joseph Arthur, Scott Ford, Bobby Mcintyre (surely one of the best, live (not in a Keith Moon isn't way) rock drummers out there)), Dulli surpasses most of his previous achievements (yes even The Whigs).
This cd is the work of a genuine, original talent. Take a chance on Mr Dulli & Co and you will not be disappointed.