Powder Burns – Manchester Music

Manchester Music – Release Review
By Manuel Ecostos
Rating: MMM ½

Greg Dulli is back with album number four and the one time Afghan Whig and Foo Fighter provides more than a step up from his last, jazzier outing. Smashing open with “Towards The Waves”, the outfit have re-discovered rock and roll and it sounds passionately good. Even though “There’s Been An Accident” is a crawling, languid affair, Joseph Arthur guests and its pace is no measure of the energy underneath the fiery core of the song. The piano is wheeled out for a few songs, but “Underneath The Waves” is a definite breakthrough track with flamboyant melodies and driving beats – it has to be a highlight. Whilst still retaining a moodiness and inherent beauty to some of his songs, Dulli has swapped some of his mellow ways for something a bit more lively and it makes for a well balanced album and one that capably finishes on the jazz lounge melodics of “I Wish I Was”, which still manages a rousing climax founded on this new found eclecticism.

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