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Twilight Singers take distinctive sound further

By MARCUS CROWDER, The Sacramento Bee

Greg Dulli, late of the Afghan Whigs, has a new band, but he isn’t straying far from his identifiable sound.

On his second Twilight Singers release, the singer-songwriter-co-producer layers his straining and soulful vocals over dense, fuzzy guitar beds and simple rhythmic pulses.

Though the sound is similar to the last Afghan releases, “Black Love” and “1965,” with more keyboard and horn flourishes, Dulli has given it a brighter sheen. Dulli’s bands have always bonded punk energy and attitude with a sly reverence for funk and soul. It’s a thick and heavy soup even when Dulli’s brooding songs are tender and seductive. He’s not afraid of digging deep inside himself, peeling back layers of wounded male psyche.

And, of course, there’s a woman or two messing with his mind and his libido, causing all the internal combustion. Though “Blackberry Belle” (One Little Indian) isn’t as engaging as 2000’s “Twilight as Played by the Twilight Singers,” Dulli remains a distinctive alternative musical presence.

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