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Twilight Singers light up The Khyber

Friday, November 14, 2003

CourierPost Online

Greg Dulli has a hard-lovin’, hard-livin’ reputation to live down, and he’s not hiding it under Fila Brazillia’s beats this time around.

On Blackberry Belle, the second Twilight Singers album, Dulli’s found a whole new cast of characters to realize his vision, including blues guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart and former Prince consort Apollonia. Singers Petra Haden and Mark Lanegan almost steal the show on the wailing closer, “Number Nine.”

But elsewhere, it’s all about Dulli, the former Afghan Whigs frontman, reprising his role as the arrogant but lovable rascal. On songs like “Decatur St.” and “St. Gregory,” he lives it up and accepts the consequences.

Banjo, mellotron and violin make cameos, but Dulli still generates the most heat from setting rock and soul on simmer.

The Twilight Singers play with grandfabric at The Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $17.

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