Powder Burns – OC Register
Twilight Singers, “Powder Burns” (One Little Indian) – All the sonic ennui that former Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli has brought to this project of intense atmosphere but heretofore little substance has been shed, along with his drug addiction. Recording in New Orleans mere weeks after the devastation of Katrina, Dulli roars back to life with his own hurricane force, sneering like primo Graham Parker while concocting swelling swirls of propulsive urgency that best anything he’s released since he set the Whigs aside.
Akin to the cinematic cocoon-bursting of Nine Inch Nails’ “With Teeth,” with only slightly less white noise fuzzing up the underlying beauty, this fourth Twilight trip finds Dulli alternating between raw demon-exorcising and sultry excursions like “Candy Cane Crawl,” neither of which gets mired in the indulgent drama that made much of his recent work meandering muck. This one hurls itself into the future with the fury of a man reborn and unbound, its snarls of guitar and grimy drums an ugly- lovely yin to a yang filled with strings-sweetened diversions and jazz-tinged passages, like the yearning “I Wish I Was.”
Granted, for those willing to gaze into his abyss, what’s on display here may raise more questions about Dulli’s state of mind (then and now) than any lingering matters it puts to rest. But, for a change, the ride through his psyche is as rewarding as it is wild. (Dulli and his band play June 21 at Avalon Hollywood.) Grade: A-