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Saturnalia – Dallas Morning News

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DARK AND DEEP: Rock ‘n’ roll overflows with aspirants to the title of dark poet; by substance-abuse credentials alone, Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland qualifies. But Mark Lanegan (the Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age) and Greg Dulli (the Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers) have enough musical experience to deepen sinful shtick into redemptive art. As the Gutter Twins, they make Saturnalia more than a revel in bad behavior.

THE VIRTUES OF VICE: Mr. Lanegan’s lowdown wheezing growl and Mr. Dulli’s higher-pitched desperate rasp are too jagged to harmonize, but both evoke a sense of reaching toward the light from unspeakable shadows. The glimmering acoustic layers of “The Body,” the tribal urban blues of “Seven Stories Underground” and the slowly unfolding epic rock of “Circle the Fringes” look for heaven along a path strewn with temptations.

BOTTOM LINE: Fraternal twins rise up from the gutter.

Jon M. Gilbertson

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