Blackberry Belle – CMJ
CMJ New Music Report Issue: 836
By Brad Maybe
The Twilight Singers was supposed to be a place for former Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli to escape from rock ’n’ roll — but Blackberry Belle fucking rocks! The group’s debut, Twilight As Performed By…, began as a bedroom recording, but became a three-year labor of love; if Dulli’s vision wasn’t fully realized on the ambitious first record, he definitely hit the mark this time.Without the Whigs to go back to, Dulli’s sideproject was able to receive his full attention — giving the Twilight Singers an enormous Whig injection. A tinkle on the piano, lazy beats and low vocals build and explode into full-blown rock orchestrations, joined by Dulli’s unmistakable wail, all on an album that just hits one amazing crescendo after another. And then there’s the sex. Just try and listen to “Teenage Wristband” (“I got 16 hours to burn/ And I’m gonna stay up all night”) and “Decatur Street” (“I’m one of them sad boys/ Hypnotized by girls who walk the walk”) without thinking about getting laid.