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Black Love – USA Today

3 1/2 out of 4 Stars Though not as grand as 1993’s tower-of-dour Gentlemen, the Whigs’ solid sixth album outclasses much of the current whine-‘n’-grind competition in both emotional honesty and musical ambition. The under-appreciated foursome has created a sly concept album without pretensions or theatrical cheesiness.

Black Love – Billboard

A romantic with a capital R, Afghan Whigs’ auteur Greg Dulli strives for high drama above all. With ’94’s Gentlemen, he and the Whigs produced an essay on the masochism of masculinity that explored characters and emotions with uncommon depth while still rocking intensely. Black Love is even more of an epic, with Dulli painting a gripping urban tableaux of temptation and trouble. The band continues to broaden its soundstage, employing strings, organ and backing singers as a lush counterpoint to Dulli’s vocal swagger and…

Black Love – Ent Weekly

The most heartbreaking sound in the world is that of a rock band that starts taking itself seriously. Sadly, this fate seems to have befallen the Afghan Whigs.

Black Love – Magnet

Give Afghan Whigs mastermind Greg Dulli credit: He makes pretentiousness something to strive for. Maybe that’s not fair; is it pretentious for a white boy to name an album Black Love and sing lines like, “They say I killed the brother to fall in love with you”? You make the call. I prefer to think of Dulli as an actor inhabiting various characters, and in that context, he’s the best. And, thankfully, Dulli’s voice is in better form here than on Gentlemen, which, great as…

Black Love – Melody Maker

I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes. I wouldn’t want to be the guy who did Greg Dulli wrong, the guy who stole his girl/skipped town without paying back that loan/gave him ketchup when he asked for mustard. Because Greg Dulli stores up injustices, holds them hard to his heart and won’t let them go. Not until the payback has been made, not until one eye has been exchanged for one eye and the balance of the universe of wrongs has been restored. Greg…

Black Love – CMJ

His voice piercing, double-tracked so his gutbucket pain hits you like a shot, the Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli sounds more and more like Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot.

Black Love – RS

3 Stars When it comes to alternative rock’s biggest complainers, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins is sad, and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is mad, but only Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs is going to do something about it. “I’ll get the car, you get the match and gasoline,” Dulli roars as he prepares to set ablaze the city of his discontent in “Going to Town.” Masochist that he is, Dulli gleefully prepares to suffer the consequenses of his actions. He tells his…

Black Love – NY Times

Love tortures the Afghan Whigs’ singer and songwriter, Greg Dulli: the paranoia, the lies, the crushed hopes, the persistent longing. Not that he’s blameless. “A lie, the truth-which one shall I use?” he ponders throughout Black Love. On previous albums, Dulli has played Mr. Wrong, a compulsive seducer; now he suffers too.

Black Love – Launch

The departure of drummer Earle slackens the tension somewhat, but the writing is still unnerving and the atmosphere is increasingly decadent, with the raving “Honky’s Ladder” among the standouts. By Chris Morris

Black Love – Cincinnati Post

by Rick Bird, music writer Grade: B-

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