Album: The Gutter Twins, Saturnalia (Sub Pop)

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Greg Dulli is best known for playing the homme fatal in the Afghan Whigs and the Twilight Singers.

Mark Lanegan was the gravel-voiced leader of the tedious Screaming Trees. United as the Gutter Twins, the two men take alternate turns on lead vocals. Unless you're within the Venn cross-section which loves both singers, you'll find 'Saturnalia' frustrating. The Lanegan tracks lack the scorch and snarl of the Whigs or the savoury soulfulness of the Twilights, and even though Greg wrote or co-wrote nine of its 11 tracks, the Dulli fan, frustrated by hearing his words in another voice, will reach for the Skip button. But it's worth persevering.