Blackberry Belle [VINYL]
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beauteous record. Has a bit of everything- up and at 'em rockers- teenage wristband is particularly heart-racing- don't put this on if you want an early night, ever! Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2009 by Rich
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... Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2006 by J.
I was purchased this album for my birthday in the year 2004 ans believe it is the single most excellent album I own. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2006 by A. Evans
I have to say I was a little disappointed with this at first but after a few days the songs start to worm their way into your subconcious & then refuse to move for anyone, not even... Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2003 by Mr. Pickle