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Saturnalia – Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning News A – DARK AND DEEP: Rock ‘n’ roll overflows with aspirants to the title of dark poet; by substance-abuse credentials alone, Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland qualifies. But Mark Lanegan (the Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age) and Greg Dulli (the Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers) have enough musical experience to deepen sinful shtick into redemptive art. As the Gutter Twins, they make Saturnalia more than a revel in bad behavior. THE VIRTUES OF VICE: Mr. Lanegan’s lowdown wheezing growl and…

Saturnalia – Pitchfork

The Gutter Twins: Saturnalia: Pitchfork Record Review Rating: 7.8 While so many other 1990s alt-rock acts are rehashing their hits on nostalgia package tours, Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan have pushed ahead musically without having to rely heavily on past triumphs. Dulli continues his surprisingly tenacious Twilight Singers project, and Lanegan has released two fairly well-received solo albums, although he’s better known for collaborating with Isobel Campbell and Queens of the Stone Age. Dulli and Lanegan have spent most of the 2000s collaborating flirtatiously, touring…

Saturnalia – Rock Sound

RockSound.tv 8/10 Having fronted two of the most iconic bands of the early 90s, Greg Dulli (The Afghan Whigs) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) finally unleash their long-anticipated collaborative full-length (the two have regularly paired up on previous projects). Dulli and Lanegan’s unmistakable whisky-soaked vocals sit together remarkably comfortably, neither overstepping their mark. Infused with the kinda bluesy soul that only Dulli can provide, tracks like ‘God’s Children’ recall the ’Whigs in their heyday, while ‘I Was In Love With You’ is another sublime effort….

Saturnalia – Philadelphia Inquirer

Via Philadelphia Inquirer Two elder statesmen of Nineties grunge, Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan and Afghan Whigs front man Greg Dulli, team as the Gutter Twins. The results? A dark and sinister album of deep-voiced, bluesy rock. Listeners hoping for a grunge revival can turn to hard rockers like “Idle Hands” for solace, but, overall, Saturnalia is mostly concerned with spooky spiritualism and earthy sins set to ominous, heavy ballads and anthemic crescendoes. Lanegan seems happy collaborating these days (although “happy” may be the wrong…

Saturnalia – The Big Issue in the North

4/5 Stars by Lianne Steinberg Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers’ Greg Dulli always brought a little soul-shaking sass to alternative rock while his compatriot, Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan, excelled in giving grunge some blues. Moving on from the odd musical dalliance with one anther into a full partnership, The Gutter Twins allows the pair to fly full pelt into soul-searching darkness. In fact, it seems that the collaborative nature of this album has forced them to leave their personal demons behind and look to…

Saturnalia – The Independent

Via The Independent 4/5 Stars – Reviewed by Andy Gill The Gutter Twins are Mark Lanegan and Greg Dulli, an alliance that might cause their rehab counsellors concern, but which the rest of us should celebrate for the dark elegance of Saturnalia. The sound is heady and miasmic, with layers of guitars, keyboards and strings balanced on rolling rhythms, hedging in the listener in the same claustrophobic manner of Dulli’s Twilight Singers, while their sombre baritones convey a kind of fatalistic momentum. It’s like Marilyn…

Saturnalia – This is North Scotland

Via This is North Scotland Rating 4/5 Greg Dulli (Twilight Singers/ex-Afghan Whigs) and former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan (who has also collaborated to Mercury-nominated effect with Isobel Campbell on her Ballad Of The Broken Seas) have been guesting on each other’s tours and CDs for years, but this is their first formal joint project. Accordingly, the content’s not going to surprise anyone familiar with their music; Saturnalia is haunted, bluesy rock, perhaps less sexy than one might usually expect from Dulli, but no less…

Saturnalia – BBC

Via BBC.co.uk by Helen Groom 15 February 2008 With a gestation period almost as long as an elephant, The Gutter Twins have finally released their first offering, Saturnalia, an ominous, raw, dark sounding album that scorches itself into your eardrums. The Gutter Twins are long time alt rock legends Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) and Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs), both of who have been collaborating with myriad musical partners in the years since their former outfits met their demise. Lanegan most notably partnered with Isobel Campbell…

Saturnalia – NME

NME.com 7/10 Well, what did you expect – Adele? Putting former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan – not so much human as a walking medicine cabinet – and ex-Afghan Whigs toxic avenger Greg Dulli into a studio was never going to result in a feel-good hit of the summer, was it? Such is the brooding menace throughout ‘Saturnalia’ – a debauched Roman ceremony where slaves swapped places with their masters, since you ask – you can almost hear Scott Weiland ripping up his SS cap…

Saturnalia – Aol.ca

Via http://music.aol.ca/ Though I came of age in the early ’90s, neither the Screaming Trees nor Afghan Whigs figured heavily into my musical development. I dug a few of the singles from each but I just couldn’t relate to their brand of bellowing angst – was more of a moper than a shouter. Did I say was? Even though it’s been some 15 years since either band reached their commercial peaks with Sweet Oblivion and Gentlemen respectively, the frontmen from each band have never stepped…

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