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Erstwhile Afghan Whigs lead singer Greg Dulli says goodbye to his girlfriend with an 11-track mix tape that cuts straight to the emotional core of a seven-decade-strong playlist of love songs.

Mapping the fading muscle memories of sex (Martina Topley Bird’s “Too Tough To Die”) and the bittersweet ennui of waking up alone (Marvin Gaye’s “Please Stay”), the Twilight Singer remembers soaring pop highs (Björk’s “Hyperballad”) and acerbic rock lows (Fleetwood Mac’s “What Makes You Think”).

But the lesson learned from the blistered blues truth of ballads like Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” and Skip James’ “Hard Time Killing Floor” (featuring Mark Lanegan) also elicits comfort in the soulful jazzy sigh of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”. And redemption finally comes in simply sharing one last comforting goodbye (Gershwin’s “Summertime”) with his lost lover.

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