Beautiful Girls Review

Cincinnati Inquirer (***1/2)

The soundtrack to the upcoming film starring Matt Dillon, Rosie O’Donnell, Mira Sorvino and Uma Thurman arrives in stores Tuesday. The album, executive produced by Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli, sets up a one-two punch for the Cincinnati alternative scene’s most prominent band. The Whigs’ second full-length Elektra album, _Black Love_, arrives March 13. The soundtrack’s first single is a roiling take on Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe’ that mixes ’70’s electric sitar and wah-wah guitar with Mr. Dulli’s darkly obssessive romantic vision. The other Whigs song is another R&B oldie, a cover of Frederick Knight’s “Be For Real.” Here the band takes a more traditional tack, surrounding Mr. Dulli’s voice with sparse backing and a wailing chorus reminiscent of late ’60’s Rolling Stones. Both Whigs tracks were recorded at Cincinnati’s Ultrasuede Studio, founded by the band’s bassist, John Curley. There’s more Ohio rock with Columbus’ Howlin’ Maggie, featuring former RC Mobster Harold Chichester. Fine Young Cannibal Roland Gift, fresh from producing Al Green’s superb 1995 comeback, is at his soulful best on “That’s How Strong My Love Is.” There are fine, fresh tracks by Peter Droge, Ween and Satchel, along with oldies from King Floyd, Kiss, Billy Paul and even Neil Diamond. The Whigs also appear in the film, which opens Feb. 9, playing a bar band. This could well be the Afghan Whigs’ year.

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