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Powder Burns – Star-Telegram

Star-Telegram | 05/26/2006 | Disc Notes The name of the record says it all: This album is about the casualties of drug use. On the fourth Twilight Singers album, former Afghan Whigs singer Greg Dulli ‘fesses up to his drug and alcohol problems, and faces them with both a clenched fist and a shrug of the shoulders, sometimes fighting, sometimes just giving in. While past TS records have been a little on the mellow side, the band has never sounded as ferocious as they do…

Powder Burns – Metro Times Detroit

Record (Metro Times Detroit) by MacKenzie Wilson Since debuting with the Afghan Whigs exactly 20 years ago, Greg Dulli has remained passionate but conflicted, with a twisted heart that thrives on lust, sex and suffering. He’s also a gritty soul singer who happens to make some of the most honest rock ‘n’ roll music ever. Powder Burns is his fourth album as leader of the rotating collective Twilight Singers, and it’s undoubtedly his most personal. For once he seems to exist at least partially outside…

Powder Burns – Derby Evening Telegraph (UK)

Dave Brierley There exist predominantly 3 types of break up in music. The first represents an everlasting split – acrimony of inter-stellar proportions, laced with wounds that fight time long enough to never heal. Some do, however. These are the rifts that cannot resist the hand that the dollar sign and old father time deals them – the ‘reunion’ is that golden opportunity to revisit the days of success before the idea of separate ways got in the way. And then there is the third…

Powder Burns – What’s On London

What’s On London magazine 3 Stars – Trevor Baker When talking about Greg Dulli the work ‘soul’ gets thrown around much more often than with most soul singers. In the Afghan Whigs you always got the impression that he’d have much preferred to be Marvin Gaye than roll about howling and screaming. On this, his fourth album as the Twilight Singers, though, there’s often a battle going on between his soul and rock sides. At times it comes together as a perfect synthesis, as on…

Powder Burns – Kerrang

Decks of Doom: Kerrang Magazine June 2006 Greg Dulli once again proves his inimitable genius with this lush, dramatic, booty-shaking new album. As near to perfect as it gets.

Powder Burns – Pitchfork

Twilight Singers: Powder Burns: Pitchfork Review Rating: 7.9 Powder Burns doesn’t reinvent the Twilight Singers’ sound, but it’s clear that Greg Dulli is searching for new and darker back alleys to walk down. The album resurrects the guitar drama of 2003’s Blackberry Belle, and Dulli, as self-assured as ever, continues to draw on specific elements of 1990s alt-rock– the extreme dynamic between verse and chorus, the belief that a soaring chorus is half the message. On these new songs you can hear Dulli pushing himself…

Powder Burns – Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly’s Review: Powder Burns by Ryan Dombal Grade: B+ As leader of 120 Minutes stalwarts the Afghan Whigs, Greg Dulli regularly ravaged his vocal cords to punctuate misanthropic tales of love and lust in the ’90s. The alt-rock sadomasochist has relied on a smoother, R&B-inflected croon with his current group, but on The Twilight Singers’ fourth album Powder Burns he once again lets it rip. Adorned with swirling strings and sensuous background vocals, zealous raptures like ”There’s Been an Accident” and the walloping title…

Powder Burns – Harmonium

Harmonium 4/5 Stars At first listen, there’s something unsettlingly carnal about Greg Dulli. He snarls phrases like “I hope I see you out tonight, and I hope we get it on” with all the swaggering machismo of a rocked-out John Wayne, and his unchained sexuality never wanes. If you’re a girl, Dulli’s like the boyfriend you’ll never take home to meet your parents. And if you’re a guy, he’s the friend you’ll never take home to meet your little sister. But beneath the lusty lyrics…

Powder Burns – Manchester Music

Manchester Music – Release Review By Manuel Ecostos Rating: MMM ½ Greg Dulli is back with album number four and the one time Afghan Whig and Foo Fighter provides more than a step up from his last, jazzier outing. Smashing open with “Towards The Waves”, the outfit have re-discovered rock and roll and it sounds passionately good. Even though “There’s Been An Accident” is a crawling, languid affair, Joseph Arthur guests and its pace is no measure of the energy underneath the fiery core of…

Powder Burns – The Independent

Independent Online Edition > Reviews 4/5 Stars By Andy Gill As on 2003’s Blackberry Belle, Greg Dulli shines some light on the darker side of his personality on Powder Burns, an album shot through with the afterburn of drug addiction. “I burn, and no one can see me/ And I yearn, ‘cos I want that feeling again,” he admits in the title track, a slow, smouldering piece saturated with desire, while “Bonnie Brae” skilfully conveys the rapture of narcosis. “I’m just bein’ honest,” Dulli claims…

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