Black Love by The Afghan Whigs

How does a Yorkshireman take his coffee? Black Love. Ahem. Black Love was the Afghan Whigs 1996 album on which (according to the press release) singer Greg Dulli sang not from the head or from the heart but from his own groin. The album is full of dark soul searching and brooding tension-filled rock that threatens to explode at any moment. Perhaps like Dulli's groin.  

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Black Love by The Afghan Whigs
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10/10 Rich 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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