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10/10 Rich Customer review, 16th March 2014
With the exciting news that Greg Dulli and co are releasing their first album in sixteen years in May, it seems a good time to review what is probably my favourite Afghan Whigs album (although, depending on my mood I may sometimes answer Gentlemen to that particular question).
Released in 1996 it is a record that truly suits the smoky atmosphere of a sleazy bar over sunny days in open top cars. Starting gently Crime Scene pt.1 gradually builds, "Do you think I'm beautiful? Do You think I'm evil?" Dulli plaintively cries, it's a good question as the whole album flits between beauty, darkness, sleaze and downright sexiness. A soundtrack to a 20th century film noir that never was. Half way through the album Dulli's opening line of Honky's Ladder is quite apt, "Got you where I want you mother f*cker!", yep, you have Greg, cannot tear myself away even though I've heard the album countless times.
In another reality this would be high on the "albums to hear before you die" lists, so do yourself a favour, pour yourself a drink, light 'em if you got 'em and let Black Love seduce you!
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