Former Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli's side project, the Twilight Singers, first saw the light of day in 2000 with an album for Columbia.

Former Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli's side project, the Twilight Singers, first saw the light of day in 2000 with an album for Columbia. That opus was more a collaborative effort, with significant contributions by vocalists Harold Chichester and Shawn Smith and remixer outfit Fila Brazillia. "Blackberry Belle" is Dulli's work all the way, and it harks back to the Whigs' old sound, especially on the rockers "Teenage Wristband" and "Decatur" and the bulked-up ballads "Papillon" and "The Killer." Dulli has expanded his approach with the addition of horns and the clever use of mellotron, but the basic attack—soulful, raw and lyrically downbeat—closely follows his old Cincinnati band's blueprint. That's not a bad thing, really. This lush and powerful entry will please Dulli's fans and could enlist new recruits.—CM