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Rating: 8/10

Greg Dulli dances with the devil one more time on Powder Burns – his best work since 1993’s Gentlemen.

The former Afghan Whigs frontman recorded most of the album in New Orleans with his new band the Twilight Singers and producer Mike Napolitano (who has also worked with Joseph Arthur and the Meters).

Dulli actually started the sessions before Hurricane Katrina dismantled the Gulf Coast last August and returned afterwards to finish the job. At the time the legendary party city was under a dreaded martial law curfew and they wrote their final songs by candlelight in a studio powered by a generator. Not ideal circumstances but New Orleans is the stuff of dreams and Dulli needed it to flesh out his film noir visions.

It shouldn’t be too difficult to tell which songs were put together post-Katrina with titles like Underneath the Waves and My Time (Has Come) but even the earlier material shares the same end-of-the-world fatalistic attitude.

Literate, cinematic and pop savvy Dulli’s music is never dull. – John Goodman

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