Black Love – WHFS Press

Could the Afghan Whigs be the first major breakthrough band of 1996? They have as good a chance as anyone. All the ingredients are here: critical acclaim, (Gentlemen was widely regarded as one of the best albums of 1993) sex god/lyricist/frontman Greg Dulli, and a new record that is uncompromisingly brilliant.

With their fourth album, The Whigs give us more tales of love and torment with equal doses of savage guitar riffs and heartfelt ballads. The first single is a song called “Honky’s Ladder.” Too bad we can’t play the far superior album version on the radio (our government doesn’t condone broadcasting the word “motherfucker” unless it’s being applied to Oliver Stone). Whatever. The real gems here are “Double Day,” the nearly 10-minute opus called “Faded” and a song called “Going to Town,” which could be the best thing the Whigs have ever done.

As anyone who has seen the band can tell you (HFStival 1994), the Whigs are not to be missed when they’re in your neck of the woods. The Afghan Whigs tour begins in late March with another fine Ohio band called Howlin’ Maggie.

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