Powder Burns – Y-Rock

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As neo-Brit-pop and then grunge gained momentum through the late 1980s and early 1990s, left behind in their wake were many acts that earned plenty of critical acclaim without attendant commercial success. Greg Dulli began The Twilight Singers as a New Orleans-based side project of one such band, Cincinnati’s Afghan Whigs (“Debonair,” “Gentlemen”). With the Whigs now five years dead Dulli’s new outfit really comes into their own on their fourth album, Powder Burns. Highlights include tales that may or may not be told through the eyes of vampires and voyeurs (“My Time (Has Come)” and “The Conversation,” respectively) as well as “Forty Dollars,” which features Beatles lyrics reconfigured into sarcastic streetwalkin’ come-ons. Much of the same whiskey-soaked, post-punk soul that the Whigs (and the Replacements, natch) did so well is here, with obvious new measures of slyness and restraint. If Marah kept up their Springsteen schtick but got ultra-serious, they might sound as good as The Twilight Singers.

Review by Adam Blyweiss

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