Powder Burns – Ozonline.com
I own two albums from this American act and they’re both poles apart from each other, ‘Powder Burns’ is no different. Lead by enigmatic frontman and creator of the Twilight Singers, Greg Dulli (formerly of Afghan Whigs), his approach to music is a unique one. Never rehashing or drawing on inspiration from past releases, Dulli prefers to not only challenge himself but his listeners as well. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Written during a period of straightening up, after several drug-fuelled years, it’s as interesting as it is lush in arrangement and design. Musical it soars between straight up rock laced with strings to chilling near death experiences, all captured through a wide landscape of sounds and ideas. It won’t be to everyone’s liking but that’s not the point of the Twilight Singers’ music. It’s meant to evoke and draw on the many emotions, we as humans feel – some good, some bad. I recommend this to those looking for music with substance and a deeper meaning.
(Rubber/EMI) Mark Rasmussen