Black Love

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Black Love
Black Love (Afghan Whigs album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 12, 1996
RecordedAugust–September 1995
StudioArdent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee
GenreAlternative rock
Length51:56
LabelElektra
ProducerGreg Dulli
The Afghan Whigs chronology
Gentlemen
(1993)
Black Love
(1996)
1965
(1998)
Singles from Black Love
  1. "Honky's Ladder"
    Released: February 20, 1996
  2. "Going to Town"
    Released: July 22, 1996

Black Love is the fifth album by the band The Afghan Whigs, released in March 1996. It was released by Elektra Records/Sub Pop in the US and by Mute in Europe, and was produced by Greg Dulli. Black Love was preceded by the single "Honky's Ladder" and followed by the single "Going to Town" (also released as the Bonnie & Clyde EP in the US).

Prior to this album's release, lead singer Greg Dulli seriously explored producing a movie in the film noir genre, but despite his optioning at least one book, the movie was never made. Dulli's ideas for a soundtrack led to the songs recorded on this album.

The album was reissued on November 25, 2016 on Rhino Records, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its initial release. The 20th anniversary reissue was released as a double CD and triple LP, and includes nine previously-unreleased tracks.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon its initial release, Black Love received mixed reviews from critics, who generally considered it inferior to its predecessor Gentlemen.[2] In recent years, the album has been regarded as one of the best albums in the band's oeuvre, with Stereogum labeling it their best album in a "Best to Worst" list.[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[4]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[5]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(1-star Honorable Mention)[10]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[6]
Entertainment WeeklyC[7]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[8]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[11]
San Francisco Chronicle4/5 stars[13]
Spin8/10[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Greg Dulli except: "Double Day" composed by Greg Dulli and Rick McCollum.

  1. "Crime Scene Part One" – 5:59
  2. "My Enemy" – 3:10
  3. "Double Day" – 4:40
  4. "Blame, Etc." – 4:11
  5. "Step into the Light" – 3:40
  6. "Going to Town" – 3:16
  7. "Honky's Ladder" – 4:15
  8. "Night by Candlelight" – 3:40
  9. "Bulletproof" – 6:37
  10. "Summer's Kiss" – 3:55
  11. "Faded" – 8:25

Personnel[edit]

Band

  • Greg Dulli - lead vocals & guitars (1-11), drums (5), machine (6), percussion (7,8), timpani (8), sleigh bells (11)
  • Rick McCollum - guitars (1-4, 6-11), pedal steel (5), hammered dulcimer (8)
  • John Curley - bass (1-7, 9-11), Arp (1,4), guitar (3), vocals (4)
  • Paul Buchignani - drums (1-4, 6,7, 9-11), percussion (4,7,9), congas (4)

Additional Musicians

  • Harold Chichester - organ (1,4,9,11), clavinet (4,6), Fender Rhodes (5), piano (9,11), vocals (11)
  • Doug Falsetti - percussion (1), vocals (3,4,7,9,11)
  • Shawn Smith - vocals (6,8)
  • Jeffrey Reed - effects (1)
  • Barbara Hunter - cellos (4,6,8,11)
  • Jeff Powell - vocals (4,9)

Production

  • Greg Dulli - production; mixing
  • Jeff Powell - engineering; mixing
  • John Curley - assistant engineering; location recording
  • Jeffrey Reed, Ryan Hadlock, Aaron Warner, Joe Hadlock, Don Fawcett, Erik Flettrich, Dubby - assistant engineers
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering

Design

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (17 October 2016). "The Afghan Whigs Announce Black Love 20th Anniversary Reissue". Pitchfork Media.
  2. ^ Garrett, Jon (2004-06-06). "The Afghan Whigs: Black Love". PopMatters. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  3. ^ "The Afghan Whigs: Black Love".
  4. ^ Deming, Mark. "Black Love - The Afghan Whigs". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  5. ^ Kot, Greg (1996-04-04). "Afghan Whigs Black Love (Elektra)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. p. 2011. ISBN 9780857125958.
  7. ^ Browne, David (1996-03-22). "Black Love". Entertainment Weekly.
  8. ^ Cromelin, Richard (1996-03-17). "*** THE AFGHAN WHIGS, "Black Love", Elektra". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  9. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 9. ISBN 9780743201698.
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "Afghan Whigs". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan. p. 2. ISBN 9780312245603.
  11. ^ Strauss, Neil (1998-02-02). "Afghan Whigs: Black Love : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-05-18. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  12. ^ Hunter, James (1996-04-01). "Records". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. pp. 111–2.
  13. ^ Hamlin, Jesse (1996-03-10). "POP CDS -- No `Love' Lost for Afghan Whigs". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-05-20.

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