The Twilight Singers: Dynamite Steps

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The Twilight Singers
Dynamite Steps
(Sub Pop)

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There’s been little rest for Greg Dulli since The Afghan Whigs disbanded in 2001. Originally organized as a side project, The Twilight Singers has become his main vehicle as the release of the group’s fifth album proves that this is more than just a flash in the pan. Combining fuzzy guitars and rapid beats with vocals that are both melodic and haunting, Dulli and his bandmates have created a record that is just as weird as it is beautiful.

In The Twilight Singers’ world, darkness and melody are not mutually exclusive. It’s all about the climb to a brilliant climax, with every song becoming an experience rather than there being any filler between obvious singles. “She Was Stolen” is a sonic accomplishment with its slow build, horns and strings swelling in the background as the drums patter on in a military pattern. “Blackbird and the Fox,” available from The Twilight Singers’ website, is a gorgeous duet with Ani DiFranco that features more harmony than the anticipated aggression. Those who still miss The Afghan Whigs can take satisfaction in this project being just as brilliant, and new fans should become familiar with Dulli’s previous, influential work.

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