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Dynamite Steps on Top Indie Albums of 2011

via by Cole Waterman

Top 11 indie albums of 2011

3. Twilight Singers, Dynamite Steps (Sub Pop) — Greg Dulli and company’s first studio LP since 2006 finds the common themes firmly in place—hedonism, lust, and the resentment and regret that come with the light of day. Dulli’s impressionistic lyrics exorcise his demons through all manner of late night fantasies while the bastardized concoction of rock, soul, and electronica provides a suitably noir atmosphere. The piano-led “Get Lucky” is Dulli at his most self-deprecating and honest, while “Waves” finds the group rocking out in an industrial din. The work’s theatricality and sense of connective themes cement prove Dulli doesn’t just write songs, he writes albums, each song fitting together like a chapter in a book. The title track (a warning to a former lover or a prophecy from the Devil to Jesus?) closes the record with a resolution lesser songwriters can’t help but envy.

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