Amber Headlights – F5 AltMusic
by Jedd Beaudoin
Assembled in the days after Greg Dulli’s former band Afghan Whigs met its demise and shelved after his close friend Ted Demme unexpectedly in early 2002, Amber Headlights comes off as more than the “wandering in the wilderness” that Dulli claims it as. Aggressive in the right places — such as the Zeppelin-esque Friday night horndog anthem “So Tight” and its successor “Cigarettes” — and mellow in others (the closing Randy Newman-esque “Get The Wheel”), the album hangs in surprisingly cohesive fashion and holds the listener in rapt attention throughout. “Domani” may be the best Motown tune written by someone roughly half a century too late to have been part of the Motor City madness. Like last year’s foray with the Twilight Singers, She Loves You, Amber Headlights demonstrates Dulli’s staying power and the depths of his mystique.