Dynamite Steps – Chart Attack
By Ian Gormely
Greg Dulli’s status as a ’90s alt.rock star would have been cemented with his work in Afghan Whigs. While the band never reached the commercial heights of many of their peers, Dulli could retire happy knowing he’d had a hand in one of the more interesting bands to come out of the decade’s alternative explosion.
Instead, Dulli has taken a route similar to fellow ’90s lone wolf Mike Patton. Dulli’s proved himself to be a prolific songwriter and has carved out a deep catalogue of songs and styles, both with ’90s compatriot Mark Lanegan as The Gutter Twins and with the Twilight Singers.
On his fifth outing with the group, which is the band’s Sub Pop debut, Dulli continues to prove alt.rock stars can age gracefully.
Dynamite Steps picks up where Twilight Singers’ last effort, 2006’s Powder Burns, left off. The band welcome Lanegan, Ani DiFranco and Rentals session contributor Petra Haden into the fold for guest appearances, but these 11 songs — all penned by Dulli — are essentially showcases for his aching vocals.
The LP is unlikely to sway the opinions of his detractors, but is nevertheless another solid effort from a too-often taken for granted artist.