Twilight As Played By the Twilight Singers Import
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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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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.
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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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.
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.