She Loves You – Mojo

4 Stars.

by Manish Agarwal

He’s traded red-blooded rock for late night soul, but Greg Dulli still sketches an alluring Venn diagram of love, sex, and death.

He didn’t write them, but the 11 songs here seamlessly fit the man’s doomed romantic worldview. His nicotine dusted pipes make Bjork’s wide-eyed Hyperballad taste bittersweet, while Mary J Blige’s yearning R&B hit Real Love now bleeds pedal steel and doubt. Skip James’ Hard Time Killing Floor is rendered acoustically, with sepulchral backing vocals by Mark Lanegan. But the album’s centerpiece is a mellifluous, Fender Rhodes-flavoured suite linking John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme with Marvin Gaye’s Please Don’t Stay, to tap mine-deep reserves of bruised feeling. These may be other people’s words, but Dulli well knows the vocabulary.

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