Will Hermes
October 17, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

blackberry belle

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In Season
Birdman, One Little Indian

We gave it an A-

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.

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