She Loves You – Tracks

Tracks
Aug./Sept. 2004

By Joe Gross

Covers are the window to a band’s soul; you can learn everything you need to know about its talent, taste and nerve from its choice of other people’s music.  Aside from a misguided and overdramatic (if ballsy) cover of the anti-lynching number “Strange Fruit,” She Loves You demonstrates that the Twilight Singers have all three qualities in spades.

Their singer and leader, Greg Dulli – a man with the funk of Prince trapped in the body of Bill Clinton (and with, it would seem, the libido of both) – has always excelled at selecting covers.  His old band, the Afghan Whigs, included brilliant ones in its live sets (like that killer Supremes medley), and not much has change since then. Dulli, joined by Mark Lanegan of Screaming Tress on a number of songs, adds a male desperation to Bjork’s “Hyperballad,” turns “Summertime” positively spooky and compresses John Coltrane’s “Love Supreme” into two hypnotic minutes of sparkling soul groove.  But, given covers of Mary J Blige’s “Real Love,” Nina Simone’s “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” and Martina Topley-Bird’s “Too Tough To Die,” along with the aforementioned Billie Holiday classic, Dulli’s main obsession seems to be channeling the soul of black women.  Honestly, he doesn’t do a half bad job.

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