Friday, July 31, 2020

Dwight Twilley 3: Twilley

Phil Seymour went his own way, mostly amicably, putting an end to the Dwight Twilley Band, but the man himself simply kept going. Twilley is full of the ear candy that made Sincerely and Twilley Don’t Mind such winners. Bill Pitcock IV is still on board on lead guitar, and one Jim Lewis fills the Seymour role on both bass and drums.
Each of the songs is a Twilley original, and they’re mostly solid. “Out Of My Hands” rivals the Rutles and ELO for a mildly psychedelic Lennon pastiche, and “Nothing’s Ever Gonna Change So Fast” is full of tension and angst. “Runaway” suffers from a mild disco influence, but as long as he was copping the titles of classic oldies, “Standin’ In The Shadow Of Love” sits somewhere between country and western. “Alone In My Room” could easily have fit on Sincerely, and apparently it was of the same vintage.
“Betsy Sue” is a rockabilly pastiche in the same slot as “TV” from the first album, but it’s quickly forgotten thanks to his impeccable Tom Petty impression on “Darlin’” (which also features Phil Seymour on harmonies). “I Wanna Make Love To You” is cut from the same cloth, with a girl-group chorus that would never have been allowed to sing those words. “Got You Where I Want You” doesn’t say much, but it’s still catchy, just as “It Takes Alot Of Love” rises above the bad grammar.
Twilley is definitely catchy, but something’s missing. Maybe it was Phil.

Dwight Twilley Twilley (1979)—3


  1. While I loved Twilley Don't Mind LP more than Sincerely...I thought the song SINcerely was better than both albums. When this album was released a year after I graduated high was my favorite of the three. I was intrigued by your Rutles comparison because, I too, thought this was heavily Beatles sounding. Out Of My Hands always sounds like a George Harrison song to me and the guitar solo in Runaway is my FAVORITE solo after McCartneys vicious work on Taxman! There are many other points I could make but this is a TWILLEY TRANSITION effort that succeeded all the way through. It isn't like ANY other album by Dwight and I preferred it infinitely more than Phil's first solo record! Twilley went on to record a whole album of Beatles covers which wasn't as Beatley as this album. One of my favorite concerts I ever saw was Dwight Twilley touring this album(opening for Eddie Money) at the Santa Barbara County Bowl on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. This is a great record that somehow went unnoticed upon release. Thank you for posting it! Highly recommended...

  2. PS: I was completely peeved by this album's lack of availability in a digital format until after the turn of the century(?) and then, only as a two-fer(w/ Scuba Divers). If you know the lineage of this download I would be grateful. I'm just wondering if Dwight's catalog is getting a make over! Thanks, wardo...