She Loves You – Eye

4 Stars

By STUART BERMAN

Eye.net

Greg Dulli’s never been shy when it comes to exposing himself — whether it’s the darkest impulses in his bourbon-soaked heart, or just his record collection. Or, in the case of his latest Twilight Singers album, both at the same time. Just as his former band, The Afghan Whigs, could drop a Prince or Supremes cover with the flick of an ash, She Loves Youoffers 11 shots of hot-covered soul, ranging from Billie Holliday to Coltrane to Fleetwood Mac to Mary J. Blige,and unlike the Twilights’ cover of “Hey Ya!” currently making the mp3-blog rounds, the exercise never feels like audience-baiting novelty. If anything, Dulli does an expert job of twisting this disparate songbook to suit his perpetual last-call world. Not every song is a perfect fit — Mary J.’s “Real Love” is essentially reduced to adult-contemporary soft-rock. But on the best moments — like a climactic, slow-surging take of Nina Simone’s “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” — Dulli strikes that ingenious balance of showing utmost respect for his source material while hijacking it for his own devious ends.

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