US - California - Full Moon 177 - 02/18/11
The Twilight Singers
Sub Pop / Tuba!
Dynamite Steps is the fifth album from former Afghan Whigs
frontman Greg Gulli's The Twilight Singers collective. It is their first in
five years. And it seems like it was really worth waiting for.
The album opens with the distinct, shoegazed synth lure "The Last Night
In Town", that is more a promise of a new beginning than a sorrowfull
parting. And everything in between. The second tune, "Be Invinted"
features Mark Lanegan (friend and the other half of Gutter Twins), who, as
always, adds a different shade of nightly beauty to Gulli's otherwise dark
work. It is followed with Gulli's probably purest rock effort;
"Waves", a distressfull and almost unlikeable track that thankfully is
shadowed by the intruiging piano ballad "Get Lucky", that isn't as pleasant
as it sounds either, revealing the shadows of a deluded mind.Still,
"Get Lucky", and the following "One The Corner", with its howling guitars,
are the albums turning point. The point where it goes from as good that was
expected to plainly very good indeed, and better.
"She Was Stolen" is a heartbreaking, slow-core anthem, "Never Seen No
Devil", a gothic delight with the oh, so forlorn line 'if you do to others / You will die by
your own hand'. And there is the closure, "Dynamite Steps", that is
cinematic personal rock as fragile and bold as just Gulli manages to nail
The Twilight Singers has with Dynamite Steps made another
magnificent description of the places in between. The places that ain't
entirely pleasant, but in its darkness, it still holds so much light,
hope and beauty.
Copyright © 2011 Aslaug O Klausen