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Well worth the wait.
on February 26, 2011
I'll admit I have a love/hate relationship with Dulli's music, which I have been listening to since his days leading the Afghan Whigs. His songs have a visceral effect on me: some of them truly move me, others absolutely irritate me. That said, I believe that Dulli is one of the best American singer/songwriters of the moment, and right now he is clearly at his peak in creativity.
As another reviewer stated, the two Gutter Twins CDs are amazing, and have been on my play list almost non-stop since they were released. On the other hand, The Twilight Singers CDs I have tended to pick and choose from, making my own play lists. Again, some of the songs I have loved, others I really have not liked at all.
All of this by way of saying that, if you have been following the Twilight Singers for the last few years, then you should really enjoy this CD. In my opinion, it is probably the most consistent CD they have made. From start to finish, there is not a bad song on the CD. And while I tend to like Lanegan's vocals more than Dulli's (Lanegan does sing backup on at least one song), here Dulli holds his own.
This CD is not as mellow as some have been; indeed, a couple of tracks reminded me of the Afghan Whigs, but smoother, more polished. It has a rock-blues sound to it, of course, but with just the right effects.
I don't know enough about music to speak to what he is doing technically in terms of the construction of the songs, so I'll leave that to others who are better qualified. I will say this: if you liked the Afghan Whigs, earlier Twilight Singers CDs, or The Gutter Twins project, then you can download this CD with confidence. It is Dulli at his best, and my hope is that he will maintain this level of virtuosity for years to come.