Powder Burns – Lake Tahoe Mountain News
There’s a reason why Greg Dulli, leader of the late, lamented Afghan Whigs, was seen as one of the leading lights of the alt-rock renaissance of the 1990s. The band stood out among the grunge crowd with its urgent mix of funk, punk and soul-searching, hard-boiled lyrics.
The fourth album by Dulli’s current project, The Twilight Singers, is a fitting reminder. While previous outings have shown hints of promise, Powder Burns is the first to recapture the intensity of the Whig’s best work.
The songs boast searing guitar riffs, hints of elecronica and a widescreen anthemic quality, anchored by Dulli’s from-the-gut exorcism of his battles with drugs. “I’m Ready,” with it’s furious swirl of guitars and thundering drums, is Dulli’s notice that’s he’s back in the game in more ways than one, having fought his demons and come out the other side.
– Imran Ghori