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The Twilight Singers

A Stitch in Time

(One Little Indian; US: 12 Apr 2006; UK: 4 Dec 2006)

Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan fans waiting for the duo’s Gutter Twins release get a little teaser on A Stitch in Time. A lead-off cover of Massive Attack’s “Live With Me” jettisons the original’s smooth desperation for a much more unrelenting and menacing tone—which, really, isn’t much of a surprise. Lanegan’s solo work and his time with the Queens of the Stone Age have shown him to be no stranger to the shadows. Dulli, meanwhile, has always been an unflinching chronicler of his own demons, even as he turns those same demons toward the listener with a come-hither leer. “Flashback” (a Fat Freddy’s Drop cover), for its part, finds Lanegan and Dulli in full evening strut mode, and combined with “They Ride”, makes A Stitch in Time sound like the vibrant link between the Twilight Singers and Dulli’s former group, the Afghan Whigs (in fact, former Whig Rick McCollum guests on “They Ride”). On the gentler side of carnality, “Sublime” (featuring Joseph Arthur) boasts gorgeous harmonies, and the the plaintive “The Lure Would Prove Too Much” shows that Dulli’s still in touch with his inner woo-er (even if it’s weakened by a reliance on snippets of answering machine messages). A Stitch in Time is a raucous, hard-driving blast of an EP, continuing the insistent power of Powder Burns, even if the subject matter is “lighter”. This is one that fans of neither the Twilight Singers or the Afghan Whigs should miss.

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Andrew Gilstrap is a freelance writer living in South Carolina, where he's able to endure the few weeks each year that it's actually freezing (swearing a vow that if he ever moves, it'll be even farther south). Aging into a fine curmudgeon whose idea of heaven is 40 tree-covered acres away from the world, he increasingly wishes he were part of a pair of twins, just so he could try being the kinda evil one on for size. Musically, he's always scouring records for that one moment that makes him feel like he's never heard music before, but he long ago realized he needs to keep his copies of John Prine, Crowded House, the Replacements, Kate Bush, and Tom Waits within easy reach.


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