Powder Burns – NME

7/10 – Paul McNamee

A post-hurricane Katrina album recorded in curfew-curtailed New Orleans could misfire. It could be a sappy, chest-beating piece of hookum. But then Greg Dulli, frontman of Ohio’s soul shouters Afghan Whigs, has never written hookum. His trade is messed-up relationships and late-night whispering. After three Twilight albums that never lived up to his previous might, he’s now hit paydirt. ‘I Wish I Was’ is a love song to the messed-up New Orleans. It’s the place where he’s searching among the abandoned “mangey dogs” for a curfew party (‘Forty Dollars’). And, of course, sex – ‘Candy Cane Crawl’ recalls teh rumbling might of the Whigs. After weathering many storms, Greg Dulli has emerged battered, but on top.

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