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Saturnalia – San Francisco Bay Guardian

BY TODD LAVOIE San Francisco Bay Guardian Salvation can come to us in the strangest of places, but it takes a special person to search it out in the sordid, cigarette butt-cluttered back alleys where the daylight never creeps in. While most of us might cower in the darkness, vocalists Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan have each built careers from reveling in it, offering contrasting – but curiously compatible – dissections of life in the shadows. As frontman for the Afghan Whigs and the Twilight…

Saturnalia – NJ.com

A match made in rock heaven – Music – NJ.com The waning of alternative rock’s commercial clout in the late ’90s left a lot of musicians bereft. Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan — who both had records stamped with the premier grunge brand, Sub Pop — lost their influential bands, Dulli’s Afghan Whigs, Lanegan’s Screaming Trees. But by dint of fertile minds and a survivor’s mentality, they have thrived into their early 40s. These two, long kindred spirits, resisted becoming casualties of substances, despite bad…

Saturnalia – The Sunday Paper

The Gutter Twins > SundayPaper.com 4 Stars Remember when you were a kid and your parents warned you against hanging out with certain kids—the ones who were no good and would only lead you into trouble? Yeah, well, that’s these guys. The Gutter Twins are Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers and Mark Lanegan from Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age. Both have been known to battle addictions and often find themselves in difficult predicaments. Both wear primarily black, and…

Saturnalia – BlogCritics.org

Music Review: The Gutter Twins – Saturnalia By Kevin Eagan Before you even open the disc or listen to a single second of the album, The Gutter Twins’ debut release Saturnalia speaks to you through its striking album cover. The cover is a photo showing classic urban prairie, an abandoned lot between two shotgun houses, where the greenery only grows as weeds between the cracks of a neglected sidewalk and life seems to have gone underground. Two chairs sit in the center of the photo,…

Saturnalia – allmusic

allmusic ((( Saturnalia > Review ))) The Gutter Twins’ first full-length record may not have shown up until early 2008, but Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan had been working together since the early part of the millennium, Dulli with Lanegan on his solo work and Lanegan with Dulli’s group the Twilight Singers, even touring as part of the band and showing up twice on the 2006 EP A Stitch in Time. It therefore makes sense that much of Saturnalia sounds quite similar to the Twilight…

Saturnalia – Yahoo! Music

Yahoo! Music 7/10 Are The Gutter Twins the most dysfunctional rock duo going? Possibly – it’s certainly part of the dark allure of a group featuring Greg Dulli (Afghan Wigs) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees/QOTSA). Even though most drug habits are as tedious as they are dangerous, in this case it’s quite pertinent to this lush and epic debut album. In most other universes the pair would have collaborated years earlier given that they met at a party in 1989 and then even shared a…

Saturnalia – Dusted

Dusted Reviews – The Gutter Twins There are few surprises on the debut album from the Gutter Twins, ’90s renaissance rockers Mark Lanegan of the Screaming Trees and Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs. As was the case with each of their previous bands, the songwriting on this record sits upon a dark throne through which themes like dysfunctional love, personal tragedy, and self-doubt are exhaustively considered. Such grim lyrics and accordantly moody instrumentation have long been the preferred tools of these two eminently troubled…

Saturnalia – Blender

The Gutter Twins : Saturnalia Review on Blender :: The Ultimate Guide to Music and More Brothers from another mother can’t escape their sinning ways Reviewed by Mark Yarm Over the past 20 years, grunge-era survivors Greg Dulli, former frontman for the soul-inflected Afghan Whigs, and Mark Lanegan, raspy baritone for late psychedelic rockers the Screaming Trees, have recorded their share of songs about decadence and despair. United, they make for a compelling team of antiheroes: Gutter Twins powers activate! Shape of … an inveterate…

Saturnalia – The Badger Herald

The Badger Herald – Grunge era singers explore dark human psyche in ‘Saturnalia’ When members of two failed bands of even the smallest notoriety combine forces, all too often they’re labeled a “supergroup” and set up to meet impossible standards. This cycle seems to be repeating itself with the Gutter Twins, a collaboration between the frontmen of the grunge-era bands the Screaming Trees and the Afghan Whigs. While their contemporaries seemed to find instant success in the early ’90s, Mark Lanegan’s Screaming Trees and Greg…

Saturnalia – The Guardian

guardian.co.uk Arts 4 Stars Rob Fitzpatrick As the only two survivors from the original grunge-bonanza with senses and credibility still intact, Gutter Twins’ Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) are something of a dream ticket for anyone still in thrall to the early 1990s. Both are masters of the bleakly beautiful dirge, and accordingly, Saturnalia is heavy with whiskey and cigarette-scented psychedelic soul. The Stations, despite Greg Dulli playing nearly every instrument, is defined by Lanegan’s vocal, which invokes a malevolent heavenly…

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