Saturnalia – Blender
The Gutter Twins : Saturnalia Review on Blender :: The Ultimate Guide to Music and More
Brothers from another mother can’t escape their sinning ways
Reviewed by Mark Yarm
Over the past 20 years, grunge-era survivors Greg Dulli, former frontman for the soul-inflected Afghan Whigs, and Mark Lanegan, raspy baritone for late psychedelic rockers the Screaming Trees, have recorded their share of songs about decadence and despair. United, they make for a compelling team of antiheroes: Gutter Twins powers activate! Shape of … an inveterate sinner! Form of … a haunted lowlife! Not surprisingly, their debut tends toward brooding, bluesy rock—a worthy soundtrack for those dark, whiskey-soaked nights of the soul and the regret-filled mornings after. Redemption is a recurring theme throughout, but the Twins know they’re nowhere near Rapture-ready: “Heaven is quite a climb/From seven stories underground,” Lanegan croons. By album’s end, their shot at salvation seems ever more remote: Dulli chants, “We’re gonna have some fun, son,” and he sure isn’t talking about Bible study.