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After taking a few years off to play sideman to Mark Lanegan and kick an almost decade-long drug addiction, ex-Afghan Whigs brainchild Greg Dulli is back with a third release under his Twilight Singers moniker. Powder Burns is a reflection of Dulli’s recovery process. The drug-addled “Forty Dollars,” with its acid-tongued play on The Beatles, and “Candy Cane Crawl” reflect on his early experiences with getting clean. The concept could easily deteriorate into self-indulgent wankery, but Dulli really has pulled together a pretty epic album heavily laden with powerful anthemic rockers like “I’m Ready,” “Underneath The Waves” and the title track. All are amped up with crashing guitars, piano and backing vocals from the likes of Ani DiFranco and Joseph Arthur. Most notable, though, is Dulli’s unmistakable sandpapered howling, which made The Afghan Whigs so fucking righteous and makes Powder Burns an album worth your time and money. Shannon Whibbs

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