Twilight Singers retire the smoking jackets

Twilight Singers retire the smoking jackets | Chicago Tribune
Twilight Singers, at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. $16. 773-549-0203. Greg Dulli has made a career out of assuming the role of a smoking-jacket-clad playboy, the debonair crooner with lascivious desires, rotten habits and an insatiable thirst for between-the-sheets affairs. In the past, he’s let this devilish alter ego and self-loathing persona overwhelm his art. But on Twilight Singers’ “Powder Burns” (One Little Indian), the frontman begins burying the addictive demons that almost killed him. He guides listeners through scarred scenes of temptation, struggle, insomnia and sobriety amid a sonic ether of R&B-stoked rock, seductive soul and shadowy piano-and-horn arrangements. Confessional and melodic, the material–Dulli’s best since his tenure with the Afghan Whigs–should give the ever-conversational singer plenty to talk about with the crowd.

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