Black Love

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Black Love
Black Love (Afghan Whigs album).jpg
Studio album by The Afghan Whigs
Released March 12, 1996
Recorded August–September 1995
Studio Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee
Genre Alternative rock
Length 51:56
Label Elektra
Producer Greg Dulli
The Afghan Whigs chronology
Gentlemen
(1993)Gentlemen1993
Black Love
(1996)
1965
(1998)19651998
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]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[4]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (1-star Honorable Mention)[8]
Entertainment Weekly C[5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[7]
New York (unfavorable)[9]
PopMatters (mildly favorable)[2]
Spin 8/10[10]


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

  • Jeff Kleinsmith - art direction
  • Danny Clinch - photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (17 October 2016). "The Afghan Whigs Announce Black Love 20th Anniversary Reissue". Pitchfork Media. 
  2. ^ a b Garrett, Jon (2004-06-06). "The Afghan Whigs: Black Love". PopMatters. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  3. ^ Deming, Mark. "Black Love - The Afghan Whigs". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-09-24. 
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (1996-04-04). "Afghan Whigs Black Love (Elektra) (star) (star) (star)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-09-24. 
  5. ^ Browne, David (1996-03-22). "Black Love". Entertainment Weekly. 
  6. ^ Cromelin, Richard (1996-03-17). "*** THE AFGHAN WHIGS, "Black Love", Elektra". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-09-24. 
  7. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 9. ISBN 9780743201698. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "Afghan Whigs". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan. p. 2. ISBN 9780312245603. 
  9. ^ LLC, New York Media (1996-04-22). "Will to Blackness". New York. New York Media, LLC. pp. 60, 88. 
  10. ^ Hunter, James (1996-04-01). "Records". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. pp. 111–2. 

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