The Twilight Singers - A Stitch In Time
Greg Dulli is back, this time with more overt help from Mark Lanegan, who sings lead on a few tracks “Flashback” and the Massive Attack cover, “Live With Me.” But this is no democratic EP, despite the raw edge of Lanegan’s vocals; Stitch continues Dulli’s race to become the American Nick Cave or Leonard Cohen, this time creating five driving, Whigs-like tunes that rage and redress his usual demons. But also typical is the broad space he creates for redemption, here exemplified by the closer, “The Lure Would Prove Too Much”, easily one of his best songs, which means one of the best of the year. A slow, building track, “Lure” ends with Dulli chanting the word “sunlight” over phone recordings of his friends checking in on him and giving him some love. Jarring and almost transcendent, the song gives you reason to worry about the artist as well as know he’ll be alright. It is that kind of intimacy that makes Dulli’s place in the canon; and what makes A Stitch in Time another winner that deserves more play than it will receive.
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on 2006-12-08 dadair Said:
The grit and earthiness of the Screaming Trees that was expounded for the large part by Mark Lanegan along with Greg Dulli's soul searching range of musical exploration, is largely responsible for waking rock music from its stale slumber in the late 80s. This is, for many, a much awaited collaboration. For opener 'Live With Me', Lanegan adds a twining ambient kick to Dulli's latest project that already boasts an earthy country vocal base and an endearing achy vibe, to start this five track sojourn off with a hint of blues. The talented and quirky Keanu Reaves backed, Joseph Arthur enters the fray for 'Sublime', bringing In his open and quaint sampling to switch moods quicker than a set switch in a panto. The slow but ranging accompaniment sits off Dulli's vocals perfectly, as the main man's voice is pushed along by the complimenting backing shove of Arthur.
The return of the chugging grunge base and expansively bolder vocals makes 'Flashback' a turning point, bringing some chilling life into the picture. The lost nature of the human condition is well and truly explored, as Dulli knows how to create mystery. Low-key kaleidoscope guitars and patting percussion seeps through this fresh EP, reaching a notable peak in 'They Ride'. This also possesses a nostalgic 70s rock kick to the vocals. All in all, the message given on this five track EP seems to be that no matter how long you have been doing it, if the music's in you then you've just gotta get it out!