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Saturnalia – Philadelphia Inquirer

Via Philadelphia Inquirer

Two elder statesmen of Nineties grunge, Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan and Afghan Whigs front man Greg Dulli, team as the Gutter Twins. The results? A dark and sinister album of deep-voiced, bluesy rock. Listeners hoping for a grunge revival can turn to hard rockers like “Idle Hands” for solace, but, overall, Saturnalia is mostly concerned with spooky spiritualism and earthy sins set to ominous, heavy ballads and anthemic crescendoes.

Lanegan seems happy collaborating these days (although “happy” may be the wrong word for the misanthropic Lanegan), and he has done excellent work with Isobel Campbell and with Soulsavers, as well as with Dulli’s Twilight Singers, the project with the most similarities to the Gutter Twins.

Saturnalia doesn’t dazzle – Dulli and Lanegan’s bass voices share a gravitas that nearly sinks some songs – but tracks like “Bete Noire” and “The Body” possess an unsettling and rumbling grandeur.

– Steve Klinge

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