Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The Twilight Singers - Dynamite Steps

Greg Dulli is my favorite. I absolutely love the man and both Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers. He writes great, sleazy, dark, beautiful songs and I can't help myself in wondering why the hell he keeps taking up with Mark Lanegan. I freaking hated the Screaming Trees when I was a kid and find Mr. Lanegan even less relevant today. Although it pained me to do so, I made my silent statement by refusing to buy the Gutter Twins album -- although I did fly all the way to New York to see their debut show at The Bowery Ballroom a few Valentines Days ago. The long and short of it is, I don't like the influence that Lanegan and Dulli's collaborations have had on Dulli recently. I hate Lanegan's downtrodden, mid-90's sounding, Alice in Chains-esque crap songwriting. I can just feel the Screaming Trees influence in some of the material on Dynamite Steps, much to my dismay. If I have to rank Twilight full length albums, it's going to go something like this (best to worst): Twilight: As Played by The Twilight Singers, Blackberry Belle, Powder Burns, She Loves You, Dynamite Steps. Now, I don't want to disappoint those of you who are going to pick this album up on February 15th. There are some classic Dulli tracks "Get Lucky", "On the Corner", "She Was Stolen", and "Blackbird and the Fox". There is also a track that makes me cringe; "Be Invited". Twilight Singers are still better than 98% of the bands out there today and I will certainly see them live this time around. When Dulli is indeed "on", it's killer.

Sorry for the rant. Check out my legit review of Dynamite Steps in the March issue of Stomp and Stammer Magazine.
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