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The Afhgan Whigs’ fifth album, 1996’s Black Love, as its title implies, is a dark look at matters of the heart. As much film-noir fantasy as serrated knife twist to the gut, Black Love contains atmospheric anthems that make the world seem an unsafe place at any speed. “Crime Scene Part One” begins things with a somber tonal build, singer-songwriter Greg Dulli mumbling his words at the onset only to explode at the three-minute mark into a declaration of sorts: “Tonight, tonight I say goodbye to everything that thrills me.” Dulli’s voice never stabilizes on a note but warbles in grief. However, it’s the ominous guitar weave between Dulli and Rick McCollum that brings these songs to life. “My Enemy” features stabbing chords. “Double Day” strokes gently behind a narcissistic rant. “Blame, Etc.” begins with funk and slinks into ambient while “Honky’s Ladder” twists with riffs that straddle between heavy metal and funk, as love becomes an action film rife with danger. Black Love is an album of anthemic tension where nothing is ever resolved and the struggle goes on forever.

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I listened to this album way too late...

My friend who is a bit older than I am turned me on to The Afghan Whigs by means of Gentlemen. I listened... I appreciated... then a few weeks later I got stuck in an airport that had wifi. I went to my music board of choice and found a thread that argued, "which is better, 'Gentlemen or Black Love'". I had nothing but time so I downloaded "Black Love" and soon figured that it not only blew "Gentlemen" away... but me as well. From "Crime Scene Part One" the album is gripping... literally gripping... and then once you think you've heard the best that The Afghan Whigs have to offer, "Faded" comes along. I started to question my own thoughts on the question of "What is the greatest song ever written?" And like a fickle lover I found ways to discredit the song... but surely and at a moderate pace it presented its credentials over an over to where... I still might deny it... but I would tell anybody that "Faded" might be the best song ever written. The rest can be left up to you... but I will be concealed behind the blue clouds...

Never to be Forgotten

Finally, The Afghan Whigs full masterpiece Black Love is fully available on I-Tunes. It was previously only available as a partial album that didn't offer Faded, the song that closes this record. If you love rock music that didn't have to use Pro- Tools or any sort of computer garbage to build it, you will love listening to this. I recommend Faded highly.

1996

I bought Black Love in 1996 when my Mom was dying from breast cancer and I was suffering from schizophrenia. This album was so awesome it made me cry and was a channel for my pain. I liked 1965 as well but I think Black Love is better than U2's 'The Joshua Tree," really that good. Totally undersold band and album.

Biography

Formed: 1986 in Cincinnati, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Evolving from a garage punk band in the vein of the Replacements, Dinosaur Jr., and Mudhoney to a literate, pretentious, soul-inflected post-punk quartet, the Afghan Whigs were one of the most critically acclaimed alternative bands of the early '90s. Although the band never broke into the mainstream, it developed a dedicated cult following, primarily because of lead singer/songwriter Greg Dulli's tortured, angst-ridden tales of broken relationships and self-loathing. The Afghan Whigs were one of...
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Black Love, The Afghan Whigs
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Adult Alternative, Alternative, Indie Rock
  • Released: Mar 12, 1996

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