1965 – Q
Mid-priced release for 1998 album from very manly Cincinnati outfit.
Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli is the grunge superstar that never was. If US rock prized rugged sensuality over angst-ridden throat-shredding, their seventh album 1965 (named after the year Dulli was born) would have been widely recognised as a masterpiece. The band had always been vocal about their soul influences (their Uptown Avondale EP comprised soul covers), but this time they really began to come through in their own music. Displaying a rampant strain of carnality, Somethin’ Hot is a captivating opener. Uptown Again broods and smoulders with devilish intent, featuring vocals that could make Klaus Kinski blush. Yet, for all the sultry come-ons, Dulli comes across as less of a thrusting cock-rocker and simply someone who knows what makes the world go round. **** Steve Lowe