Dulli's brand of sonic noir has always divided listeners, and it will this time, too. For example, plenty of folks will find "Bonnie Brae" either insufferably pretentious or just plain insufferable. Not only does Dulli offer up couplets such as "I'm not saying it's easier/To live your life like her little whore," but he does it in front of Ani DiFranco, who sings in the background.
Still, credit him for not pulling any punches. Throughout Burns, Dulli is unapologetically lugubrious and melodramatic, and he doesn't seem to care about being liked. That's a unique combination, and a dangerous one.