Indie rock's darkest stars, Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan, combine for a midnight burn
Anyone familiar with Greg Dulli’s
Afghan Whigs or Twilight Singers can
imagine the settings, the film-noir tension,
the slinky off-the-cuff rhythms
and the sudden
blasts of histrionic
guitar that compliment
seems to favor a
squeaking mellotron. Anyone familiar
with ex-Screaming Trees Mark
Lanegan’s solo career knows the finality
of his commanding, deep-throated
blues. Both gentlemen have been
known to indulge in dangerous vices
and worry their contemporaries—putting
the two together would be against
doctor’s orders. But any right-minded
producer would see the inherent value.
Lanegan began speaking of this collaboration
before a note had been
recorded, and it plays out perfectly.
“Seven Stories Underground” builds
on rough-cut Tom Waits-like percussion.
“Each to Each” uses funkier beats
and strings. “God’s Children” leans
towards Dulli’s glitzy nocturnal settings.
“All Misery/Flowers” strips down
to Lanegan’s scale. It’s the sound of the
blues taking a ride in a stylish sports