Powder Burns

Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. While Dulli’s working from his usual palette of muddy grooves, guitar-scree and leering swagger, the new album sounds more urgent and lucid in intention than its predecessors.
  2. Urb
    90
    An irresistible mix of soul, rock and attitude. [May 2006, p.91]
  3. Filter
    84
    This is the closet Dulli has come to replicating the genius he displayed with the Whigs, but it's not a retread. [#20, p.100]
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Dulli... once again lets it rip. [19 May 2006, p.77]
  5. Musically, the album is as hard as the group has ever gotten.
  6. Uncut
    80
    Mostly the mood is dark. Kinda seductive, too. [Jun 2006, p.120]
  7. Alternative Press
    80
    Dulli is in peak form here. [Jul 2006, p.194]
  8. Q Magazine
    80
    Powder Burns could be a sister album to Black Love, [Afghan Whigs'] career high. [Jun 2006, p.114]
  9. With Powder Burns he has surpassed all expectations brought on from his previous releases.
  10. Powder Burns doesn't reinvent the Twilight Singers' sound, but it's clear that Greg Dulli is searching for new and darker back alleys to walk down.
  11. This record is the “hardest” thing the Twilight Singers have released, but is situated squarely within the realm of anthemic arena rock, not the more straightforward stuff of Whigs nostalgics. Most of the time this works beautifully.
  12. It's a murky finish for such a bracing start, but when it works, Powder burns as brightly as the most affecting moments in Dulli's catalog.
  13. Mojo
    70
    The autobiographical lyrics on offer here make for intimate listening. [Jun 2006, p.108]
  14. New Musical Express (NME)
    70
    After three Twilight albums that never lived up to his previous might, he's now hit paydirt. [13 May 2006, p.41]
  15. There's a distressing structural uniformity to the material on Powder Burns.
  16. While Dulli's bitter, drunken voice remains front and center, the backup vocals and orchestras nearly make the songs sound like a parody, marrying a beast to a beauty.
  17. Sounding (at best, mind you) like an uninspired Afghan Whigs tribute band, it recycles motifs, melody lines, production tricks, and lyrics from the back catalog. Part of the problem lies in the production--it's far too muddled, loud, and flat--but even the most gifted producer would have trouble making a good album out of the Dulli-by-numbers on display here.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. OnofreL.
    Jul 16, 2007
    10
    Incredible and for me, their best album!! Go and buy it!!! from Caracas, Venezuela...
  2. BabyHustlerKGB
    Feb 26, 2007
    10
    Intense & spirtual
  3. Ian
    Sep 23, 2006
    10
    An outstanding album from one of the best, most underrated songwriters around. Powder Burns is easily the best album of 2006, and a An outstanding album from one of the best, most underrated songwriters around. Powder Burns is easily the best album of 2006, and a masterpiece that everyone should hear. Full Review »