Powder Burns – The Stranger

Return of the Dirty Gentleman
The Stranger – HANNAH LEVIN

While I’ve always enjoyed Greg Dulli’s post-Afghan Whigs work with the Twilight Singers, it seems like he’s been holding something back, either because of mourning the passing of his dear friend Ted Demme or simply because he was slowing down creatively. There’s been nothing wrong with quieter works like Blackberry Belle and Twilight, but I’ve sorely missed the aggression and overt sexuality of the Whigs earlier albums. I’m extremely happy to report that Dulli’s sound is taking a dramatic turn for the better with the release of Powder Burns, the new Twilight Singers release for One Little Indian Records. Appropriately enough, the song that announces this new vigor is “I’m Ready,” a thick, guitar-heavy rave-up that sounds like both a libidinous promise and a cocky threat—similar to the twisted, majestic misogyny of 1993’s Gentlemen, but with a brighter edge and tinged with the maturation of his long-fermenting love of old soul music. Although the official release isn’t until May 16, you can purchase the entire album through I-Tunes now. You’ll be able to catch them live on June 17 at Neumo’s.

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