By The Twilight Singers
"It's a rare occasion that a record makes as powerful an impression as this one" begins the accompanying press release but it just simply isn't true. This is more of a plea than a statement. Former Afghan Whigs leader Greg Dulli makes very little impression in this pompous forth outing. It's reminiscent of the doomed experiment Billy Corgan attempted with Zwan, all wall-of-sound alt-rock, laden with strings and reverb and totally lacking any soul. Talk about over egging, there isn't a track on here which hasn't pushed Greg's copy of pro-tools to its limit with more guest players and friends than you could conduct with a large baton. The effect is "overkill" and each track blurs into the next with a pomposity only Americans can manage with a straight face. The scale of songs is that only ever heard as you leave the cinema while the credits roll on the latest action blockbuster. It's ironic that even such masters of the dreary, Embrace would appear more stripped down and inviting compared to this. Fans of the "Whigs" will take it for what it is, another centimetre of space in the Greg Dulli section of their record collection.