The Twilight Singers
Powder Burns


4.0
excellent

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (123 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2017 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Afghan Singers.

The unsung hero of Alternative Rock, Greg Dulli, has been mainly known for his incredible work with the Pop-Rock extraordinaire group The Afghan Whigs, but his side-project The Twilight Singers is just as (in)credible. And of all of the band’s albums, this might be the most emotionally driving, tunefully explosive and overall consistent. However, given the fact that this is merely an Afghan Whigs younger sibling, there needs to be a certain differentiation possible, which this band has minimum of.

Unfortunately, for as vibrant, pulsating and vigorous as this album undoubtedly is, Dulli didn’t go too far from Afghan Whigs stylistically. Of course, apart from the production. The Whigs have been known for managing to sonically enrich the typical Rock sound on their records and make it so perfectly unique and refreshing. It seems as though the Twilight Singers are a more normalised compensation for that, impeccable from the song-writing perspective, but standard from the arrangement and production standpoint.

But even though musically this is indeed a standard affair, you cannot deny Dulli’s absolute compositional mastery. He takes your usual Pop-Rock glamour and makes it rough, tough and full of that special gut only Dulli possesses, yet still coming off as sensual and sensible. If the songs like “Underneath the Waves” and “Candy Cane Crawl” don’t convince you of that, you are a doomed person.

So if anything, this isn’t a perfect album and not a breath of fresh air from the Afghan Whigs, the band for the fresh air seekers. This is their normalised version. This is what Afghans would have sounded like, given the opportunity to ease out on challenging creativity and to simplify their image. So either appreciate it like the fun magical manly melancholia it is, or be gone into your wormhole of kindness-treachery.



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Papa Universe
December 23rd 2017


22505 Comments


Uni’s review roll 39/50
Sorry for referencing the Whigs too much, but you can’t talk about this without talking about them.

BlackwaterPork
December 23rd 2017


4390 Comments


Wasn't the last one 37/50

BlackwaterPork
December 23rd 2017


4390 Comments


Oh nvm you just broke the 1 review a day rule

Papa Universe
December 23rd 2017


22505 Comments


no, I didn't

Papa Universe
December 23rd 2017


22505 Comments


aaaaaaah, fuck your godfuckingdamn american time zone, fuck

BlackwaterPork
December 23rd 2017


4390 Comments


You're going to sputjail now boy...

Papa Universe
December 23rd 2017


22505 Comments


you'll never catch me online!

butcherboy
December 23rd 2017


9464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this album.. Bonnie Brae is the riff of a lifetime.. have a pos, you beautiful creature

Papa Universe
December 23rd 2017


22505 Comments


for you, butcherbabe

bgillesp
June 14th 2018


7361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a thing???!!!?!?!?!? Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhh

Papa Universe
June 15th 2018


22505 Comments


There are so many things in the world, babe, you wouldn't believe...

bgillesp
June 15th 2018


7361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess so. Life advice taken.

bgillesp
July 11th 2018


7361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

On to the this one

Papa Universe
July 11th 2018


22505 Comments


Yes, please.

bgillesp
July 11th 2018


7361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Blackberry Belle was better but dis still real good. Can't believe it took me this long to get around to Dulli's other work

Observer
Emeritus
August 5th 2020


8433 Comments


Three can keep a secret if two are dead and gone

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