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Reviews of Powder Burns

Interview Magazine
Greg Dulli seems to be taking John Lennon’s role of artist as ultimate confessor to heart. The darkly charismatic mastermind behind the Twilight Singers (and founder of grunge-era cult heroes Afghan Whigs) remains one of our nation’s greatest unsung songwriters....

AllMusic
4/5 Stars by Marisa Brown Addiction, as Greg Dulli knows, is an all-consuming occupation. Finding your next fix is what drives every move, every breathe, every word. It is your devil and it is your god, your sickness and your...

The Independent
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...

NME
7/10 - Paul McNamee A post-hurricane Katrina album recorded in curfew-curtailed New Orleans could misfire. It could be a sappy, chest-beating piece of hookum. But then Greg Dulli, frontman of Ohio’s soul shouters Afghan Whigs, has never written hookum....

Rocksound
7/10 - Trevor Baker June 2006 Edition When talking about Greg Dulli the word ’soul’ gets thrown about much more often than it does with most rock singers. In The Afghan Whigs you always got the impression he’d have much...

Q Magazine

Mojo
3 Stars Greg Dulli’s an intense chap. For 18 years this curious grunge anomaly has acted as a self-loathing figurehead within US indie circles. Former band The Afghan Whigs started the ball rolling by imbuing punk catharsis with soul and...

Filter
Filter Magazine - Spring ‘06 - by Nevin Martnell Rating: 87% Seeing the Afghan Whigs on what turned out to be their last legs at the Bowery Ballroom on the 1965 tour was a religious experience. The band was...

RiftRock
7.5/10 I’ve believed for quite some time that Greg Dulli is one of the most underrated songwriters of this era. His work with the Afghan Whigs is unquestionably influential in most of the indie rock scene today. The first two...

Static Multimedia
It’s a rare occasion that a record makes as powerful an impression as this one. Greg Dulli - known and loved by many as the leader of pioneering alt-rockers Afghan Whigs - has recorded another album (his fourth) under the...

Harmonium
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...

Maxim Online
Rating: 4 Stars Reviewed by: David Peisner You gotta love the Twilight Singers’ Greg Dulli. By any commercial measure, his career has been in a nosedive since his mid-’90s heyday of fronting the Afghan Whigs, but in what can only...

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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...

CokeMachineGlow
Rating: 79% The big narratives, all of our favorites, have a “good guy.” This is the side that you’re supposed to root for. Even if you like the bad guy better, which you probably do since he is a flawed...

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....

Pitchfork
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...

Entertainment Weekly
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,...

Austin 360
Austin360.com 4 Stars It's fitting that lead Twilight Singer Greg Dulli and President Clinton came to national prominence around the same time in 1993, Dulli with his old band the Afghan Whigs, Clinton with his old band the Democratic Party....

The New Mexican
Day is young for Twilight Singers By Steve Terrell | The New Mexican August 4, 2006 I liked the Afghan Whigs the first time I heard their song "Retarded" on the Sub Pop compilation The Grunge Years back in 1991....

Urb
URB :: CD Reviews 4.5/5 Stars Psst, I've got a secret for you. Greg Dulli freaking rocks! Dulli might not be a household name, but those who are in on the secret will swear by his genius. Powder Burns, Dulli's...

POPBOKS
American alternative Country crooner Gene Clark wrote the following lyrics more than 30 years ago: “ We all need a fix at a time like this / But doesn’t it feel good to stay alive”. These days GD celebrates this...

Y-Rock on XPN
As neo-Brit-pop and then grunge gained momentum through the late 1980s and early 1990s, left behind in their wake were many acts that earned plenty of critical acclaim without attendant commercial success. Greg Dulli began The Twilight Singers as a...

Columbus Alive
Twilight Singers has always been kind of a misnomer. Since the days of the Afghan Whigs, Greg Dulli’s music has been better suited for after midnight, the perfect soundtrack for the culmination of intense flirtation or dirty deeds done dirt-cheap....

Alternative Press
[Rating: 4/5] Album No. 4 from Greg Dulli’s other band was almost literally born in the eye of a hurricane. The tapes had to be rescued from a New Orleans studio after Hurricane Katrina hit, and the former Afghan Whigs...

SceneandHeard.ca
In the three years between Twilight Singers albums, frontman Greg Dulli (ex-Afghan Whigs) kicked a long-standing drug addiction and witnessed the destruction of his adopted hometown of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. Not surprisingly, Powder Burns is the Singers’ most...

El Paso Scene
As leader of Afghan Whigs, Greg Dulli’s output consisted of a new album about every three years. He now heads up the Twilight Singers, and he seems to have switched over to autopilot as the years mount. The band has...

Winnipeg Sun
4 stars When Greg Dulli says, “I’m alive — It kinda took me by surprise,” you know he’s not kidding. Or the only one surprised. One of rock’s most notorious and unrepentant users, the former Afghan Whigs frontman now says...

Naples Daily News
By Jon Foerster Greg Dulli is something of a rock ‘n’ roll alchemist. One part spit and swagger, two parts wall of guitars and one part soul is the recipe he’s blended together countless times, first with the Afghan Whigs...

Atlanta Sunday Paper
It sounds ridiculous to say so, but Greg Dulli puts the sex and drugs into rock ‘n’ roll. Now, of course, these elements were always supposed to go hand in hand, but the indie-rock scene that birthed his old band,...

75 or Less
Greg Dulli lays down more of his rock/soul trademark sounds on all 12 tracks of Powder Burns. You aren’t hearing anything new on this record, but that’s not a big deal since Dulli’s been writing great songs since his Afghan...

Calgary Sun
Rating: 3.5/5 The older you get, the harder to seduce. And the less you attempt it. It’s just easier not to and the returns are usually less exciting. But what of the Seducer — the one whose life has been...

Prefix Magazine
Opening a record with the lyric “The sun don’t shine ’round here no more” provides no shock to longtime fans of Greg Dulli. Though the Afghan Whigs were pegged as one of the more comical rock bands of the 1980s...

Avoid Peril
Way back before the turn of the century, when I was barely out of high school, I had this friend we’ll refer to as “Todd.” Todd was a good 8 years older than me, which means that while I was...

Amplifier Magazine
So maybe Greg Dulli’s story won’t have the tragic ending I personally resigned to believing it would. No, he has seen the light at the end of the tunnel and not the blinding light finale from the sky above. His...

Washington Post
PARTIALLY RECORDED in a post-Katrina New Orleans, the Twilight Singers’ “Powder Burns” reacts to a catastrophe that singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Dulli almost seems to welcome. Not that the musician, who came to prominence in the 1990s with Cincinnati’s...

Reno Gazette
Four stars (out of four) On “Powder Burns,” Greg Dulli’s The Twilight Singers present an accessible, cohesive classic while exploring Dulli’s struggle with demons of addiction. Dulli’s mastery of his voice has reached new heights, from the smooth, then pained...

OC Register
Twilight Singers, “Powder Burns” (One Little Indian) - All the sonic ennui that former Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli has brought to this project of intense atmosphere but heretofore little substance has been shed, along with his drug addiction. Recording...

Drowned in Sound
Rating: 9/10 Nick Cowen Redemption has to be hard-won if it’s to mean anything at all, and whether he knows it or not, Greg Dulli has been proponent of this credo for pretty much all of his career. Back when...

Harp Magazine
The Afghan Whigs were one of the 1990s’ most improbable successes—pregrunge, postpunk rock band with a soul subtext and the cojones to play it straight. After the Whigs’ official dissolution in 2001, frontman Greg Dulli remained visible, fronting the Twilight...

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...

The Skinny (UK)
Rating: 5 ‘S’s They say that in forensic science, powder burns are analyzed to determine the distance between a victim and the weapon that killed him. On the fourth Twilight Singers LP, they’re littered all over Greg Dulli’s crime scene...

The Sun (UK)
Rating: 5 Grunge survivor Greg Dulli sings “I’ve come a long way” on the menacing “My Time (Has Come).” Too right. Listening to this intense, personal affair, you sense a man who has lived on the darker edes of...

Uncut
4 Stars - Adam Sweeting Afghan Whigs frontman remains on the wild side. Greg Dulli describes this new collection of material as “extremely autobiographical”, not least the gruelling drug-dealer saga of “Forty Dollars”, and there’s no escaping the nagging...

Albuquerque Tribune
The Twilight Singers is former Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli’s latest project, and this is his fourth album under the moniker. Dulli explores the dark underbelly of love on such tunes as “Bonnie Brae,” where falling in love is all...