- Audio CD (Feb. 1 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import, CD
- Label: Elektra Entertain.
- ASIN: B000002HLG
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Where some artists write from the head and others from the heart, Whigs' songwriter/frontman Greg Dulli writes from the groin. Filled with dark images of romantic obsession, Black Love is more like a movie than an album with each musical image building on the next. Perhaps no other band can play with such restraint, letting musical tension build until it can do nothing other than explode. Dulli is in his finest voice, moving from desperate screams to a quiet sinister crooning at the turn of a chord. Guitarist Rick McCollum plays everything from '70s funk to '90s grunge without missing a beat, and the rhythm section of John Curley (bass) and Paul Buchignani (drums) is as tight as they come. If '93's Gentlemen left any doubt about the true talent of the Whigs, Black Love puts it to rest. --Bill Snyder
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The album opens with the sound of a train slowing down on its tracks. Then, Greg Dulli (who is one of the best and most underrated lyricists of all time) starts singing of "stickin it" to his enemies. Throughout the album, there is the constant theme of salvation and finding a light at the end of the tunnel. The album deceives you and begins softly and then kicks your ass for the first ten tracks. Yes, the album is dark, but there is also an incredible beauty found in it whether it's through seduction, immortality, murder, or arson even. I will stress again the excellence of Dulli's lyrics. There is a lot of religious symbolism found in them for starters. I couldn't help but be "seduced" by them years ago, and I still find that I'm enthralled by them. What can I say, I'm drawn to the dark side a bit. Finally, it comes to "Faded," which finds the persona seeking salvation.
It is no secret that Dulli is greatly influenced by Motown and I feel those standards place themselves more here than in "Gentlemen." Plus, once again, they used the talented cellist Barbara Connor which adds a richer texture to their music.
It's hard to narrow the list down to my absolute favorites because all of the songs have something to offer the listener. However, the ones that pull at me in particular are: "Blame Etc.," "Night By Candlelight," "Bulletproof," "Faded," and my personal favorite is still "Going To Town." There is nothing like driving down a long stretch of highway with my window rolled down and that song blasting through my speakers.
Some may say that a first time Whigs listener should stick with "Gentlemen," but I would recommend this album first. It is in my top 5 albums of all time and while it is sad to know that the Whigs are no longer creating music together, this album is a testament to their musical talents. It's a shame more people don't know about them, but I rather like the fact that not too many people are familiar with them. It's almost like they're a secret that only a few people know about and that makes them more unique.
so many great songs. i could go through them all and tell you what hey mean to me, but i'll spare you.
i'll just give you the synopsis: the reason this album is so good is because you get not just a little, but a lot of everything. this record explores so many emotions, from guilt, to sadness, to guilt, to anger, to dissapointment, to guilt... and did i mention guilt? it's breadth is just incredible. it's really beyond explanation. i think that's why it's edged out "gentlemen" for me. it's not just the dirty, filthy stuff, it's downright transcendent at times, especially in the closer, "faded."
it's just the perfect album, that's all i can say.
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