Former Afghan Whigs leader Greg Dulli is certainly not faking anything on his new album, ‘Blackberry Belle,’ written after film producer/director Ted Demme, a close friend, died suddenly last year. After receiving the news, Dulli shelved a completed album, also recorded with the Twilight Singers, and set out to express his loss. He thinks he has succeeded. The album is moody and beautiful yet tough, with Dulli’s raw vocals brooding over swooning strings, elegiac organ, and strutting guitar. “[Demme] was a fan of my cinematic style of songwriting and album-making,” Dulli tells Sarah Tomlinson of the Boston Globe. “I think I gave him a widescreen version of what I felt he meant to me in my life, and what his loss meant to me. And it was devastating.” Read more.
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