Black Love

February 20, 1996 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1970
  • Release Date: January 1, 1970
  • Label: Elektra Records
  • Copyright: 1996 Elektra Entertainment Group, a division of Warner Communications Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding the United Kingdom.
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  • Total Length: 51:40
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  • ASIN: B001OGTLJK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,216 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Black Love is the best album Afghan Whigs ever released.
Jeremy
Although the Afghan Whigs released two of their best albums in the mid-90's, they were completely ignored by most of the music-buying public.
Juergen
If anything, this album sums up what Dulli is all about- so maybe starting point, if you can really have one.
Robert Michael Pantuliano

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on February 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If there's one reason I've kept churning out my mediocre pieces of semi-informed musical criticism for the past four years, it's the hope that my writings may lead others to discover quality bands that they might otherwise have missed, especially those whose time has come and gone without finding the commercial success they deserved. Much like Dinosaur Jr., Mudhoney, and Pop Will Eat Itself, the Afghan Whigs are one such band. Led by the impassioned wailing and libidinous lyrics of frontman Greg Dulli, the Whigs played a sweaty, soulful brand of rock that, regrettably, didn't quite fit in with either the dominant mainstream or alternative currents of the '90's. They didn't sound like Nirvana, and they didn't sound like Hootie and the Blowfish, they just sounded like the Afghan Whigs, and while that sound didn't earn them platinum record sales it should earn them a listen from serious rock fans. And this album, 1996's Black Love, was a fitting testament to their abilities.

While there a few somewhat wimpy moments to be found on Black Love (with Step Into the Light being by far the worst offender), most of the songs here are excellent, filled with outsized emotion, irresistibly memorable hooks, and flawless musicianship. In spite of Dulli's commanding vocal presence, the real star here is guitarist Rick McCollum, whose playing expertly exploits tension, dynamics, and dissonance for a sound somewhat tantamount to a bizzarre crossbreeding of U2, the Replacements, and Yo La Tengo. McCollum provides just about everything you could want to hear on a rock album, from the steady buildup and massive crescendo of Crime Scene Part One; to the euphoric leads of My Enemy; to the screeching feedback of Blame, Etc.; to the hard-pounding riffage of Honky's Ladder and Summer's Kiss.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By PJFC on November 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If my memory serves me right, this record came out on the same day that Smashing Pumpkins' "Mellon Collie and the Inifinite Sadness" was released (or right around then). Whereas that album went on to sell millions and established the Smashing Pumpkins as alterna-rock poster children, "Black Love" languished virtually ignored and sold (comparatively) nothing. I sold "Mellon Collie" back years ago and still listen to "Black Love" every week. This album is the document of an incredilble band at the height of it's artistic greatness. As a concept album, it makes it statement very powerfuly; as a rock album, it combines passion, regret, rock, and punk, more faithfully and convincingly than a thousand Smashing Pumpkins. "Faded" is anthemic rock at its most soulful, and the messed-up funk and soul of "Blame, etc." and "Honkey's Ladder" sound as convincing as Jon Spencer's best blues adorations. In the big rock and roll scheme of things, I can honestly put this record in the same category of greatness as The Who's "Who's Next" or Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti" and not feel like some poseur, alterna-rock wanna-be. It really puts forth the same sense of absolute, timeless greatness. Everything about this record is incredible: the sound, the lyrics, the artwork, everything. Why Smashing Pumpkins are still so well regarded and Afghan Whigs are still so "underground" is such a complete mystery to me. In 20 years I won't know who Billy Corgan ever was (unless he's the governor of some state), but I'll still be listening to this great piece work. Can I write this any louder: THIS ALBUM IS INCREDIBLE.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scott Winter(scooter1@eastky.net) on January 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Having listened to Black Love from beginning to end countless times, I can only say that it is truly an awesome album. Not awesome as in the generic way that the term has been driven into the ground, but literally this album leaves you in awe after listening to it. It encompasses every possible human emotion from the eerie start to the tear jerking Faded. If you want balls to the wall, badass rock and roll, Honky's Ladder will fit the bill better than ANYTHING that Korn or Limp Bizkit have ever put out. The Afghan Whigs are the greatest rock band in existence, and Greg Dulli has a voice that is beyond compare. I could write over the 1,000 word maximum singing the praises of this album, but I will digress and leave it up to you to buy this album and listen to it as often as possible, I promise you will never get sick of it. Hell, while you're at it, buy two copies, one for your car and one for your house. My favorite CD of all time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MT on September 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Afghan Whigs created a masterpiece with this record. The music perfectly suits the emotional intensity, often dark and deep. Each song blends seemlessly into the next. In the end, 'Black Love' is a cohesive complete work with no weakpoints.
BTW, I am still kicking myself for not seeing them tour in 1996 supporting 'Black Love'. It is that good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jimbob on February 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Greg Dulli can work wonders with a simple line and his gravelly vocals. On 1993's seminal Gentlemen he conjured up a dirty world of cheap sex and obsession, here two years later things haven't changed. Black Love is a slightly more polished album than its predcessors, but forgiveable due to the sheer quality of the songwriting and lyricism. Opening with the bleak Crime Scene Part One and then burrowing deeper on Blame, Etc. (which recalls the classic Debonair), the Whigs begin to rise fromn the dead with a clutch of uplifting, almost anthemic rock monsters - Going To Town and the album centrepiece Honky's Ladder - before going all lighters in the air with the closing nine-minute Faded. Less staisfying over a longer period of time than Gentlemen, but this is the perfect starting place for those unfamiliar with Afghan Whigs. An essential purchase.
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