She Loves You – NME

James Jam
NME Magazine
September 2004

Ex-Afghan Whig mangles untouchable musical staples with finesse.

Look out! Because The Twilight Singers – essentially suited, booted and steadfastly solemn ex-Afghan Whig Greg Dulli, alongside a supporting cast featuring whoever he’s getting fucked up with at the time – have attempted the most hazardous of rock cliches. Yep, “She Loves You” is – gulp! – a covers record. It’s gotta suck, right?

Yet cover versions either need to be infused with the covering artists’ fannish enthusiasm or disassembled and put together again with the wit and imagination of a hyperactive toddler, and Dulli’ reinterpretations fall into both camps. Bjork’s “Hyperballd” is reconstructed as a tumbleweed strewn alt.country swoonathon, while John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” encapsulates the smoky-lipped majesty of the original. Consequently, “She Loves You” triumphantly succeeds in underlining Dulli’s deft touch in understanding the magic woven into the fabric of great pop. Thank fuck it doesn’t suck.

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