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Twilight as Played by the Twilight Singers
The Twilight Singers
1. Twilite Kid, The
2. That's Just How That Bird Sings
4. King Only
6. Annie Mae
7. Verti-Marte - (French)
8. Last Temptation
9. Railroad Lullaby
10. East 17th
11. Into the Street
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 63825
The Twilight Singers: Greg Dulli (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano, organ, Mellotron, bass, glockenspiel); Shawn Smith (vocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums); Harold Chichester (vocals).
Additional personnel: Steve Cobby (guitar, sitar, organ, synthesizer, drums); Ryan Hadlock (guitar, synthesizer); Derek Dicenzo (guitar); Greg McMullen (pedal steel guitar); Barrett Martin (oud, sitar, kalimba, tabla); Teresa Fyffe (violin); Barb Antonio (cello); Roderick Paulin (saxophone); Kermit Ruffins (trumpet); Corey Henry (trombone); David McSherry (bass); Kenny Woods, Michael Horrigan, Steve Myers, Jarrod Olman, Sophia Da Silva (background vocals).
Producers: Greg Dulli, Fila Brazillia, Ryan Hadlock.
Engineers: Ryan Hadlock, Steve Cobby, David McSherry.
Greg Dulli, charming yet sinister frontman for the Afghan Whigs by day, seems to be one of those driven people constantly in need of new musical stimuli and new projects in which to immerse himself. The Twilight Singers' shadowy origins date back to 1997 in New Orleans when Dulli, friend and Howlin' Maggie frontman, Harold "Happy" Chichester, and a host of other musicians both national (including members of Screaming Trees and Brad) and New Orleans-based started informally jamming. Whigs fans got a wind of the collaboration and the aggregation's bootlegs became widely sought after.
Finally released as TWILIGHT AS SUNG BY THE TWILIGHT SINGERS, the similarities to the Afghan Whigs here are undeniable, partially the unquestionable Dulli voice, partially the gritty yet sensual attitude running through the disc. But TWILIGHT has its own sound and style, which is a kind of pared-down Stax/Volt. "That's Just How the Bird Sings," on which Dulli shares vocals with Shawn Smith (ex-Brad/Pigeonhed), is a wonderfully off-kilter folk tune, while "Annie-Mae," a sexually-charged raw blues number, lies at the other end of the spectrum.
Rolling Stone (10/26/00, p.114) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...2 parts U.S. liquor to one part U.K. style....monumentally f***ed-up romance as endgame, commentary, despair and, finally, hope..."
Spin (10/00, p.176) - 8 out of 10 - "...[It] twists and curls like a crooked come-hither finger....Imagine Massive Attack recording for Stax/Volt...[Greg] Dulli paints his heartbreak in chiaroscuro..."
Q (12/00, p.136) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Certainly has the appropriate moody feel of twilight about it....Good."
Alternative Press (10/00, p.111) - 3 out of 5 - "...[Greg] Dulli smoothes out the Afghan Whigs' rough mix of Sub Pop and soul and replaces it with a polished sound that's both adult and urban contemporary...."
CMJ (9/11/00, p.26) - "...Gospelized garage rock....a late-night aphrodisiac of '70s soul, 21st century groove theory and Chet Baker-esque crooning..."
Melody Maker (10/24/00, p.59) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...A chance for Dulli to showcase his talents....roping in Fila Brazillia on production duties, gives this almost a Massive Attack feel....making for swoony late-night vibes..."
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