Powder Burns – Pulse Niagara

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T.S. Eliot once wrote that “it is the medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.” Twilight Singers commander Greg Dulli knows this and has built his career upon penning lyrics that are equal parts morose and uplifting but he has never previously sounded so self–assured and assertive as he does on Powder Burns. Dulli’s voice dominates songs like “My Time” and “Candy Cane Crawl” where he had previously pushed for atmospheric beauty (as he did on Blackberry Belle). Powder Burns is no less gorgeous, however, and simply makes the most of the computer generated effects that illustrate technology finally having caught up with Dulli’s muse (“I’m Ready”, “I Wish I Was”) and, while the music of other artists has always manifested itself in Dulli’s work like ghosts passing through a graveyard, on Powder Burns those elements become more tangible in moments like the “She Loves You” Beatles lift in “Forty Dollars” and cease to be anomalous; on Powder Burns, Dulli has managed to mould and shape his influences into a focused and completely unique direction that not only sounds universal – it sounds like he’s managed to inextricably integrate himself into it as well. In that way, again to paraphrase T.S. Eliot, Greg Dulli is the music found on Powder Burns while the music’s playing. (One Little Indian) [Bill Adams]

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