Blackberry Belle

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Greg Dulli returns to his Twilight Singers project with the atmospheric Blackberry Belle. This time around, the dirtily soulful self-hater/lover is joined at one point or another by multi-instrumentalist Mathias Schneeberger, guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart, Galactic drummer Stanton Moore, the incomparable Petra Haden, and Mark Lanegan, who takes main vocal duties for the shadowy devil of closer "Number Nine." Apollonia even makes an appearance as a backing vocalist for a few tracks. Somehow, even with its grainy appropriations of trip-hop especially "Teenage Wristband," which sounds like a holdover from the first half of the Singers' 2000 debut, everything on Blackberry ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Greg Dulli returns to his Twilight Singers project with the atmospheric Blackberry Belle. This time around, the dirtily soulful self-hater/lover is joined at one point or another by multi-instrumentalist Mathias Schneeberger, guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart, Galactic drummer Stanton Moore, the incomparable Petra Haden, and Mark Lanegan, who takes main vocal duties for the shadowy devil of closer "Number Nine." Apollonia even makes an appearance as a backing vocalist for a few tracks. Somehow, even with its grainy appropriations of trip-hop especially "Teenage Wristband," which sounds like a holdover from the first half of the Singers' 2000 debut, everything on Blackberry Belle begins to eventually sound like Leonard Cohen. The moody black-and-white palm tree cover art is no joke -- this is an album that views sunlight through the cracked blinds of a claustrophobic hotel lounge. "There's a riot goin' on/Inside of me/Won't you come inside/See what I see?," "I think we're lost, don't worry/I've been here before," "If you're in trouble then I'll follow" -- it's melancholy and death wishes in the first person here, and love only exists as a means to a bitter end. These are themes that Dulli has made a habit of discussing; nevertheless, they're made newly potent over Blackberry's dusky, shifting rhythms. Things are too scary to be danceable, although the album definitely has a groove. "Decatur St." mixes Massive Attack with Afghan Whigs, while "Follow You Down" is shimmering and stripped-down, with only frail guitar and piano to guide its death wish lyrics. Drummer Moore injects some funk into "Feathers," and "Esta Noche" finds the inherent beat in a European dial tone. Quietly building opener "Martin Eden" might make the defining statement of the record with its initial lines: "Black out the windows/It's party time." Cohen's melancholy is coursing through Dulli's tortured veins; it's good to see that he's still getting top-notch talent to aid in the nightly bloodletting.
Rolling Stone - Matt Diehl
1/2 This is old-school album rock, each fragment linking to tell a story, every nuance begging to be savored.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: One Little Indian Us
  • UPC: 827954040124
  • Catalog Number: 401
  • Sales rank: 305,822

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Martin Eden (3:39)
  2. 2 Esta Noche (4:33)
  3. 3 Teenage Wristband (3:34)
  4. 4 St. Gregory (3:28)
  5. 5 The Killer (4:28)
  6. 6 Decatur St. (4:10)
  7. 7 Papillon (4:24)
  8. 8 Follow You Down (2:24)
  9. 9 Feathers (4:02)
  10. 10 Fat City (Slight Return) (3:25)
  11. 11 Number Nine (6:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Twilight Singers Primary Artist
Mark Lanegan Vocals, Group Member
Greg Dulli Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Mellotron, fender rhodes, Group Member
Richard Ford Pedal Steel Guitar, Group Member
Brian Young Drums, Group Member
Petra Haden Trumpet, Violin, Vocals, Group Member
Steve Myers Vocals, Group Member
Michael Sullivan Bass, Group Member
Mike Napolitano Bass, Guitar, Group Member
Rick Steff Organ, Clavinet, Group Member
John Lampkin Trombone, Group Member
Stanton Moore Drums, Group Member
Jesse Tobias E-bow, Group Member
Chris Phillips Drums, Synthesizer Loop, Group Member
Mathias Scheeberger Guitar, Piano, Clavinet, Mellotron, fender rhodes, Group Member
Greg Wieczorek Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Jon Skibic Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Chris Gray Trumpet, Group Member
Nikki Crawford Vocals, Group Member
Kamasi Washington Saxophone, Group Member
Scott Ford Bass, Group Member
Matt Hergert Drums, Group Member
Apollonia Kotero Vocals, Group Member
Ashlie Philastre Hand Clapping, Group Member
Susan Phillips Hand Clapping, Group Member
Technical Credits
Kerry Brown Engineer
Greg Dulli Composer, Producer
Jeff Powell Engineer
Mike Napolitano Producer, Engineer
David Katznelson Executive Producer
Jimmy Sloan Engineer
Mathias Scheeberger Producer, Engineer
Dave Davis Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An album of understatement and subtlety

    Many of the best things on the album are the small things (the hummed little bit of melody on Follow You Down.) Most of the songs embody a tasteful orgy of intermingling phrases and tones that never cancel each other out but rather add their own simple essences to a complicated, dark melange. Tracks 1-3 are solid...then the album lulls towards some enjoyable Dulli indulgences than its back to a solid track 7 and finally onward to the gritty, sonorous cinematic imagery of Number Nine. Dulli takes the path less traveled as usual, hustling his caddy down the city streets into the country shadows and off the cliff down into black waters, a rictus grin on his bast**d face.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dulli brings us back alive tonight

    Wow...I picked Blackberry Belle up on day 1, and have not stopped listening to it since. I have not been this impressed by a new release in years. Though many were not as happy as I was with the first Twilight Singers album, Blackberry Belle meanders back towards the path that had been forged by the Afghan Whigs. This Twilight Singers album is another step in the natural progression of Greg Dulli's musical career. It's fabulous. I highly recommend it, particularly Martin Eden, Papillon, and Fat City. Buy. Now. Trust me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly Suggested!

    This album is right on par with the Twilight's magnificent first album. Though there are a few tracks I would skip through, there are several outstanding songs. Definitely a great product after waiting 3 years. The sounds are somewhat mellow, yet still manage to find a groove. Too bad they won't get much marketing effort from being on an indy label. This band deserves some airplay.

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