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A Stitch in Time – STV

Article by Charles McGarry

This EP winds 2006 up nicely for the Twilight Singers. Following almost unanimous applause for their latest LP, the band encored by playing relentlessly for the second half of the year. Unsurprisingly, by the time they made it to Cabaret Voltaire with Mark Lanegan in tow over the summer they may have looked a bit knackered, but their show was nevertheless sublime. Featuring one Twilights track and four weighty collaborations with players such as the aforementioned Lanegan, Joseph Arthur and estranged longterm songwriting partner Rick McCollum, A Stitch in Time is substantial testimony to the fact that Twilight Singers specialise in providing drowsy narcoleptic acid jazz and straight up euphoric adrenaline shots to the heart – there is no in between. Blazing Hendrix riffs shroud the McCollum collaboration in the beauty of classic Whigs flavour, while the slow burning metronomic perfection of Massive Attack cover ‘Live With Me’ and the spacious groove of ‘Flashback’ respectively punch home the most intense and soothing vocal deliveries that Lanegan has committed to tape for some time. Almost aptly, last track, ‘The Lure Would Prove Too Much’ is the only dwindling, unfocused ditty to detract from this otherwise outstanding package.

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