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Dulli's Finest Hour

Five years after the release of his most polished and cohesive work, "Powder Burns" (2006), Greg Dulli and Co. finally return with "Dynamite Steps", and it is clear from the start the fuel tank is far from empty. Dulli sounds more raw than ever before, sometimes to a fault, but this simply adds to the immediacy, and the soulfullness of his work. Fans and followers would accept nothing less.

"Dynamite Steps" has been described as "the most widescreen set since the Whigs' mid-'90s heyday," by Spin magazine, although this is perhaps slightly inaccurate. True, it is certainly Dulli's most varied effort, combining standard Twilight Singers fare in the acceleration of "Last Night in Town", with a dash of the Afghan Whig's glory days on "Never Seen No Devil". But the addition of the Gutter Twin's southern hospitality, and some unexpected creative license, are where the detours begin. It is these extra facets that makes Dynamite Steps a more successful attempt at Dulli's original vision for the Twilight Singers, as a cinematic soundstage to let loose ideas that would not have made the cut, within the group environment of the 'Whigs. True, the turntables and flourishes of "modern" radio friendly production have been kept to a minimum (and good riddance), but the concept remains intact from "Twilight" (2000). The album takes many twists and turns, beginning with the crawling, sinister "Be Invited", featuring "the Gutter Twins" other half, Mark Lanegan. the climatic build and cathartic roar of "Gunshots", and the short sharp punch of "Blackbird and the Fox", which rolls all of the above into perhaps Dulli's shortest ever song. Listening to the soaring "She Was Stolen", longtime fans will even wonder if this could possibly be the same man responsible for "I'm Her Slave" and "Milez is Dead". Indeed it is, but matured, embracing change, and better than ever. It is the album's closing track however, that will leave the lasting memory, as it slowly builds upon its emotions, breaking into an infectious guitar riff, then hits the gas and heads for the border. It may well be five years before the Twilight Singers return, but they certainly leave nothing left to prove in their wake.


Formed: 1997

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although launched as a side project during Greg Dulli's time with the Afghan Whigs, the Twilight Singers became Dulli's main band after the Whigs broke up in 2001. Dulli formed the group in 1997, while the Afghan Whigs were busy extracting themselves from a contract with their third label, Elektra. Enlisting a group of musicians -- including Harold Chichester of Howlin' Maggie, Shawn Smith of Brad, the Screaming Trees' Barrett Martin, and a group of New Orleans session players -- Dulli recorded a...
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