Saturnalia – The Guardian
As the only two survivors from the original grunge-bonanza with senses and credibility still intact, Gutter Twins’ Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) are something of a dream ticket for anyone still in thrall to the early 1990s. Both are masters of the bleakly beautiful dirge, and accordingly, Saturnalia is heavy with whiskey and cigarette-scented psychedelic soul. The Stations, despite Greg Dulli playing nearly every instrument, is defined by Lanegan’s vocal, which invokes a malevolent heavenly presence to the sound of a single cello. Front Street, with its softly stroked keyboard and circling acoustic guitar, its talk of “people to use, lovers to break”, is pure Afghan Whigs, brilliantly illuminated by the sparing use of Lanegan’s deep croon. This is intense music, with moments of pure bliss. Dulli calls the pair the Satanic Everly Brothers; it’s not hard to see why.