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I’ve believed for quite some time that Greg Dulli is one of the most underrated songwriters of this era. His work with the Afghan Whigs is unquestionably influential in most of the indie rock scene today. The first two Twilight Singers discs jumped right out and showed a more melodic side of Dulli (much like the Whigs’ 1965).

Well, Dulli is back again. This time it’s Powder Burns. It’s not as immediately effective as Twilight or Blackberry Belle in that it doesn’t have that gripping desire tweaked from Dulli’s self-imposed lyrics.

Powder Burns is much more the bassett hound of the collection. It’s not as pretty to listen to right away, but given enough time, it becomes a member of the family.

Dulli has a certain magic within his tortured soul that makes you want to understand what he does. Although it can be nearly impossible to fully equate Dulli’s morose tone to everyday life, it is within his self-inflicted pain that you find the solution to any of a number of lifes little problems.

Powder Burns is primarily Dulli’s effort, as he only brought on a few guests for this round. Former Whig John Curley makes an appearance, as does Ani Difranco, Joseph Arthur and Scott Bennett.

What makes Powder Burns better than many other records that are released any given week is the author. Dulli’s past will always give him the benefit of the doubt. Anybody who has ever given him a chance in the past will do so here and wind up finding some sense of enjoyment in his Powder Burns.

The Band:
Greg Dulli

For fans of:
Afghan Whigs
Mark Lanegan
Howlin Maggie

Outstanding Tracks:
Toward the Waves
Forty Dollars
Candy Cane Crawl

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