The Twilight Singers
Blackberry Belle


4.0
excellent

Review

by Super Grover USER (32 Reviews)
August 27th, 2013 | 14 replies | 1,074 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You wanna go for a ride?

There are probably at least twenty Decatur Streets in the world, so the one in Atlanta where I used to live is probably not the one Greg Dulli croons about on Blackberry Belle. But the possibility, however small, is startling. Dulli is so incredibly effective at conjuring his own experiences into story format that his songs become surreal-- surely one person couldn’t actually have gone through all of this? And God forbid if it happened across the street from my apartment.

Blackberry Belle is Dulli and company’s second post-Afghan Whigs stab at alternative rock. The album manages to transcend the genre not by avoiding its clichés, but embracing them. The themes of sex and drugs are not themes here--they’re a lifestyle, and a miserable one at that.

Because Dulli is a miserable character. Blackberry Belle oozes grime and hedonism and pain, but most of all it oozes pleasure, to the point where we’re actually questioning if it’s really pain at all that he’s feeling. For Dulli, there comes a certain pleasure within his endless cycle of empty sex and heartbreak--the routine. It sounds damn near torturous, but it’s something.

There’s no way to make his pain more accessible than to hitch it to the back of a few behemoth tracks. “The Killer”, for one, pulsates harmlessly for a while before erupting into a tale of heartbreak so severe that it transcends mental and becomes physical torment. “Teenage Wristband”, the album’s centerpiece, boasts a huge, piano-fueled chorus that explodes as Dulli leers “I’ve got no more money to burn, and I’m gonna stay up all night.” It sounds downright appealing.

Over time, the group has gradually evolved into a sleeker, more easily digestible outlet--a welcome shift, if only for the fact that Dulli has likely exorcised some of his personal demons--but Blackberry Belle stands alone in The Twilight Singers’ discography. It’s not necessarily the group’s best work, but it’s probably their most genuine and undoubtedly their most gripping.



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Romulus
August 27th 2013



8373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey guys listen to this album/band

SeaAnemone
August 27th 2013



18813 Comments


major afghan whigs vibes with this band

NightmareCinema16
August 27th 2013



2016 Comments


when was the last time you reviewed?

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2013



1546 Comments


^that info is pretty easily accessible

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2013



48541 Comments


I may have the shortest reviews, but you have the shortest paragraphs

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Romulus
August 28th 2013



8373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i will not let you take the shortest reviewer title without a fight

osmark86
September 4th 2013



2986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

about that time ey. this will be the soundtrack of my next 60 or so minutes.

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Ponton
Emeritus
September 20th 2013



5775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it is finished

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Romulus
September 20th 2013



8373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and i'm still not quite satisfied with it!

Dunpeal
January 21st 2014



3571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is pretty good

Romulus
January 21st 2014



8373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

when they're good they're realllllllly good. their latest has been growing on me but this is still my fave

Dunpeal
January 21st 2014



3571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'll have to check dude. took me a while to get to this

Ponton
Emeritus
January 21st 2014



5775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fav lately is follow you down

osmark86
April 9th 2014



2986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THIS little gem shalt be spun again today. you wanna go for a riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide?



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