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The Gutter Twins
Saturnalia
Sub Pop Records
www.theguttertwins.com


I have to be completely honest with you all, my loyal readers. There is really hardly nothing that Mark Lanegan touches that is not gold to my ears. Since I was a younger lad and listening to the heavy throes of The Screaming Trees I have been entranced with the man's voice and style, wishing I could have just a bit of that style for my own. But I digress.

For those that do not already know, The Gutter Twins is the brainchild of former Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers/etc. frontman Greg Dulli, and the other half of the twins is the aforementioned Lanegan. The songs on the debut release from the collaboration are as dark and as heavy as one would imagine coming from such a motley, disillusioned pair. To further their despair and depth the guys have enlisted a range of talent, including indie alt. favorite Jeff Klein (who occasionally shares songwriting credits as well as lays down guitar and keys) and New Orleans' guitar wonderboy Dave Rosser. There are a few other guest appearances on the album that help to diversify the sound, including guest vocals from Martina Topley-Bird ("The Body") and violin courtesy of Petra Haden ("I Was In Live With You").

The album begins with the throbbing dark of "The Stations", a track which lays down the foreboding sense that encompasses the entire record, laying down the perfect introduction to a record of deep secrets. "God's Children" shows the band capable of tracking some heavy rock riffage while bringing to light some of Dulli's most engaging songwriting to date. The nightmare lullaby of "All Misery/Flowers" is filled with what would seem petty rhymes that somehow transcend their literary meanings and enhance the steady rocking of the drums, creating an almost hypnotic form, drawing in and capturing the listener's soul. By the time the album gets to the incredible sonic glory of "Idle Hands" the listener will find themselves turning on all the lights and checking closets for hidden devils. "Idle Hands" is a modern masterpiece, featuring guest vocals from Joseph Arthur and some great drumming from percussion wunderkind Cully Symington. There are moments on the record that are a bit lighter, like "The Body", which moves into a lighter, more major key and gives the listener a quick release from the heavy-handedness of the album before launching back into more darkness… but even in its major key the song has a bit of foreboding and delicate fear interlaced through its chords.

If you've been following Greg Dulli over the past few years then you already know how he has changed his tact on rock music, choosing to feature some great guests in his dark, slow project The Twilight Singers. But on Saturnalia, Dulli finds accomplices set to help him unleash the rock and roll beast that he's kept carefully hidden of late. The record has something for everyone, as long as what everyone wants is a slice of the coolest darkness that rock has had to offer in the last few years. So listen up, you rockers, you gothies, you rolled-up-jeans-wearing rockabillies. Turn to The Gutter Twins, face your inner fears and become a better person for it. Hear the gospel of darkness as you may not have ever heard it before. Right here.

-Embo Blake

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