I’ve known Greg Dulli for almost 12 years now, and he’s always been cool with me. I’ve watched him be the subject of intense ridicule, seen his music waiver between the uncontrollable strength and machismo of Afghan Whigs, to suffocating lows nobody should imagine, and the brustling sin-laden harmonies and highs of The Twilight Singers. See, Dulli is a soul man at his furnace, tossing log after log after lump of coal on the fire to stoke out these beautiful and horrible Motown-loving, Stax-blessing demons inside of himself. He has done all of this over the years very publicly, unapologetically, but more frequently than with many other artists, he has done so with incredible results. Love him or hate him, he’s a bad motherfucker in my book.
Powder Burns is one of those really great albums I’ve listened to a lot but I’ve forgotten to write about because, well, all this hipster shit got thrown at me and I didn’t duck. It’s difficult to seperate Dulli the person from Dulli the charismatic songwriter and vocalist. But regardless of how he is personally, he’s a fucking great songwriter and he knows how to pull shit together in ways nobody else has. Powder Burns was recorded in New Orleans pre-Katrina and mixed there post-Katrina, it features backing vocals from Ani DiFranco (among others), and there’s a fearlessness in the recording that makes it worth paying attention to. Take a listen to a couple of songs from this album, then go buy it and check him out while The Twilight Singers are on tour with Jeff Klein. I hear TTS live shows have been stunning lately.
Listen To The Twilight Singers – Bonnie Brae (feat. Ani DiFranco on backing vocals)
Listen To The Twilight Singers – Underneath The Waves
You Can Purchase The Twilight Singers’ Powder Burns from Insound by clicking on this spot here.