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Dwight Twilley Band

  • Sincerely [Shelter, 1976] B+
  • Twilley Don't Mind [Arista, 1978] B

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Sincerely [Shelter, 1976]
These days I suppose anybody who can construct hook-laden pop-rock songs--half good, half-better--without schlocking them up qualifies as a walking treasury of people's art, like Taj Mahal. But because his natural habitat seems to be the studio (a forty-track when he has his druthers), this does smell a little like a museum. B+

Twilley Don't Mind [Arista, 1978]
If the twelve-cut debut was notable for its songs, this nine-cut follow-up puts the emphasis on sound--a deep, rather eerie, yet undeniably pop sound that reminds me more than anything of the Flamin' Groovies' Supersnazz. And as with the Flamin' Groovies, the sound creates a distance between Twilley and his hooks. But even though I can make up neat theories about how Twilley evokes a comparable distance in the lyrics, I certainly prefer Supersnazz. B