blackberry belle

Producer (group): Birdman, One Little Indian

Sounding nearly as scary as that fume-sucking dude in ”Blue Velvet,” Greg Dulli opens belle with a leering directive to ”Black out the windows/It’s party time.” For this second Singers session, the former frontman of the Afghan Whigs reimagines Sinatra’s ”In the Wee Small Hours” as a drive down a dark, snaky alt-rock highway with a gutful of vodka tonics, no headlights, and a minor riding shotgun. It turns a beguiling side project into a band you hope will stick around. MONIKER OF THE MONTH Could Dulli actually be the first decadent rocker to invoke ”the savior of misbehavior”? If so, bravo.

Originally posted October 17 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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