She Loves You – Daily Camera
MATT SEBASTIAN/Camera Music Writer
THE TWILIGHT SINGERS
She Loves You (One Little Indian)
Greg Dulli never met a cover song he didn’t love, and that’s why his performances — fronting either the now-defunct Afghan Whigs or the more recent Twilight Singers — always have been as much about other people’s songs as his own darkly sexual tunes. It’s no shock, then, to find Dulli releasing a full album of covers, a long-awaited follow-up, of sorts, to the Whigs’ classic Uptown Avondale EP.
Considering its mixture of jazz, soul and classic rock, the Singers’ She Loves You is a surprisingly coherent record, as good as — and, perhaps, better than — last year’s all-original Blackberry Belle. Dulli and his touring band work up dark, gritty versions of 11 songs popularized by a diverse array of performers, including Bjork’s pulsing “Hyperballad,” Mary J. Blige’s steamy “Real Love” and the stripped-down blues of Skip James’ “Hard Time Killing Floor,” one of several duets with ex-Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan.
Yet the real thrills are the most unexpected: a great mini-suite that combines John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” with Marvin Gaye’s beseeching “Please Stay (Once You Go Away),” and a white-knuckled run through Billie Holiday’s signature song, the stunning “Strange Fruit.” Sadly, the only thing missing from She Loves Me is the riotous version of OutKast’s “Roses” that Dulli threw down earlier this year during a snowy Easter Sunday performance at Denver’s Larimer Lounge.