Greg Dulli Finds Religion

The Twilight Singers' Dynamite Steps plumbs new depths of dark spirituality

He still might have a dick for a brain, though.
Sam Holden
He still might have a dick for a brain, though.

And despite some snatches of light—the unhinged, serrated guitars of "Waves" (harkening all the way back to the Whigs' Congregation) and the lovely, Ani DiFranco–assisted "Blackbird and the Fox"—Dynamite waits until the very end to allow us release. The closing song, title track, and album high point has a decidedly sunnier disposition, and for good reason: There's no more pain to feel, no more lies to tell, no more promises to break. As handclaps punctuate our singer's invocation of "reckoning," a classic Dulli crescendo envelopes you: strings swirling around buzzing guitars, and the sound building as the story's ending is laid bare: "You're never going to feel like you felt last night/Ever wonder where went your guiding light?/Wake up in a field with a second sight. . . . You'll love me." Yeah, well, catharsis aside, here's what we learn: Satan is real. Heaven is whenever.

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