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She Loves You – Rock City

Greg Thomas
4/5 Stars

Former Afghan Whig Greg Dulli returns with his third long player under the moniker ‘The Twilight Sisters’; this time however none of the compositions are from the pen of Dulli himself.

Here he explores and exploits messages of love from a wide range of genres, both classic and contemporary, from the upbeat power-pop of Fleetwood Macs ‘What Makes You Think You’re The One’ to the excessive eccentricities of Bjork’s ‘Hyperballad’. Each of these reinterpretations has been twisted to fit around Dulli’s soft soulful voice. The common thread to the selected songs is the theme of requisite love and all come across as warm and hypnotic.

It’s the Bjork track that really drives home the fact that these reinterpretations are understatements, with most sounding darker and dirtier than the originals. All the songs have a real sense of texture to them, and on Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ you can feel the guitar strings oscillating, and reverberating around you.

Dulli’s helped out on this musical odyssey by Mark Lanegan who guests on just over half of the tracks, his vocal contribution on tracks like ‘Hard Time Killing Floor’ offer a raw bluesy edge.

There’s a rich subtle sound with Dulli singing about devotion and love, so when he repeatedly softly coos the word ‘Celebrate’ on ‘Feeling of Gaze’ it’s the perfect prologue to this album. Dulli then goes on to use the musical masterpieces of others to showcase his swagger and dexterity; carefully balancing, the trade mark ‘dirge’ guitar sound with a stirring ambient vibe. The combination is perfect and it produces an enriching and infectious listening experience that celebrates the fact that no matter how wide the musical spectrum is, ‘love’ will always be a common thread inter linking genre and style.

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