The Twilight Singers Cover Mary J. and Bjork
I have been a fan of Greg Dulli's for over a decade now. I loved how The Afghan Whigs were able to put a little soul into their rock 'n' roll, and now with The Twilight Singers' new LP of cover versions, She Loves You (out today on One Little Indian US) he goes one step further. Among the songs by Marvin Gaye, Mazzy Star, Gershwin, Coltrane and Martina Topley-Bird is a cover of hip hop diva Mary J Blige's Real Love. It's a typically Dulli-fied rendition - featuring he and guest vocalist Mark Lanegan's soulfully gruff crooning over a lapsteel driven mid tempo rocker. It ain't funky like Mary J but it's a pretty sweet rendition. Also covered on this record is Bjork's Hyperballad - again a smouldering mid tempo rocker featuring Mark Lanegan. It's fascinating hearing this rendition - those lyrics you know so well over such a different backdrop. I've had a chance to listen to this record a couple of times today and I dig it - it's pretty ambitious, but it seems to work.