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Blackberry Belle [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (28 Nov. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Plain
  • ASIN: B000BBGBF6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,263,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Having heard "Powder Burns" first, this one takes a little longer to get to grips with; understandable when you consider it was released three years before. It's poorly mixed at points (though even then, the dusky melody of the opening 'Martin Eden' sinks in and stays there) and perhaps a little poorly paced compared to its successor. But never mind. The Singers are my favourite new band, and this album is still a sizzling treat piled high with sour sleaze-rock, pitch-black late-night confessions and beautifully textured jazz/soul undertones.

I guess the standout is the admittedly stupidly-titled 'Teenage Wristband', which laces an almost house music-esque piano flourish with driving cinematic rock, exploding into a chorus like watching the morning sun rise - wearily euphoric. The following 'St Gregory' (self-mythologisingly named a la Julian Cope's 'St Julian'???) takes a dive into almost total stillness, shimmering like late evening heat in the bayou. "My God," Dulli breathes, regarding what's become of an old friend, "you look like a ghost." Some of the other stuff allows unexpected influences like trip-hop (on 'Decatur St.') and glinting, rolling banjo loops ('Papillon') to melt into the gumbo...mmmmmmm.

It all winds its way inexorably to the closing, sensational 'Number Nine', where Greg is joined by perhaps the only man on earth who makes him look like an over-eager schoolboy by comparison, the redoubtable Mark Lanegan, and together they enact a deal with the Devil gone wrong (it's lyrically ambigious which of them is portraying Old Scratch; perhaps both, or neither, but my money's on Greg). Having said all that, the tune is marred a little by the outro, which has some awful screamy woman 'emoting' like Mariah bloody Carey.
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Format: Audio CD
This is the most gripping, emotive album I have heard for many years.
This is an album with a subtle story running deep below it's surface. Each listener will probably bring about their own conclusions towards what Greg Dulli is putting forwards. Entertain some speculation but there is only one man who truly knows what it is about.
Whether you're in for the complexities of the album on the whole, or a joyride of a brilliant collection of moody, brooding soul-inflected alternative that'll have you up listening bleary eyed standing in several cigarette butts and holding an empty bottle of whisky at 2am, you won't be dissapointed.
Album of the year.
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Format: Audio CD
Wow...I picked Blackberry Belle up on day 1, and have not stopped listening to it since. I have not been this impressed by a new release in years. Though many were not as happy as I was with the first Twilight Singers album, Blackberry Belle meanders back towards the path that had been forged by the Afghan Whigs. This Twilight Singers album is another step in the natural progression of Greg Dulli's musical career. It's fabulous. I highly recommend it, particularly Martin Eden, Papillon, and Fat City. Buy. Now. Trust me.
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a great album and a real delight that I had never heard of before until I started to dig around stuff that Greg Dulli was involved in. I would recommend it to anyone who likes mournful thoughtful rock.
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Since Greg Dulli started sniffing sausages instead of coke and cut out the drink only to find his next vice - Chocolate gateau sandwiches! (Or so it would seem) Mr dulli, as i should call him, has gone from being the white Marvin Gaye to the white-Barry-White in appearance. He looks like the heavyweight boxer who retired just in time. He also resembles a more Belushi-esque member of the Baldwin family, but i tell you what... It just adds to it all. He swaggers out on stage, (myself and a friend saw the twilights last year in an undercrowded bristol academy) beer belly wobbling under a black shirt, p*ssy-eating grin slapped onto a freshly shaven face (bar a soul patch reminicent of Tom Waits) and you know you're in the presence of unsung greatness. There is just something about the man. He is F**KING COOL.

Now... Powder Burns may have found the twilights a bigger more commercial audience but Blackberry Belle is what made them. In the wake of a personal tradgedy (dulli lost a close friend to a freak-heartattack on a basketball court before finishing the album - see the album sleaves "this one's for teddy").

This was a turning point for Greg. New band, new angle, different sound.

The emotion is plastered to this album like too much wallpaper adhesive. But it works.

From the opening shimmer of 'Martin Eden's "Black out the windows.. It's party time..." We get a sense of a fresh start. Sunrise. Full-moon. A celebration of life rather than the mourning of absent friends. And trust me, Mr dulli has a few of them... 'Martin eden' explodes into a bombastic-piano/wah-wah-waltz, like saying goodbye with fireworks.
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