Random Desire [Autographed] [B&N Exclusive Feature]

Random Desire [Autographed] [B&N Exclusive Feature]

by Greg Dulli
Random Desire [Autographed] [B&N Exclusive Feature]

Random Desire [Autographed] [B&N Exclusive Feature]

by Greg Dulli

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It was never a secret that Greg Dulli was the (relatively) benevolent dictator of the Afghan Whigs, especially on the group's reunion albums of the 2010s, 2014's Do to the Beast and 2017's In Spades, which retained the name and the thematic obsessions of the Whigs' best work of the '90s but with a decidedly different lineup and musical approach. By the end, the Afghan Whigs were Dulli and whoever else he chose to bring along, and presumably tired of the ruse, he's chosen to cut out the middlemen and issued his first solo album, 2020's Random Desire, which does a better job of fleshing out his musical and thematic tropes than he managed on Do to the Beast and In Spades. Random Desire doesn't rock like prime Whigs, but the rhythmic patterns and melodic shifts have Dulli written all over them, and the less aggressive attack suits this set of songs, which, now as always, are a product of his poisonous fascination with romantic/sexual conquest. Dulli laid down the bulk of the backing tracks by himself, while bringing in guests to fancy them up with horns, strings, pedal steel, and extra guitar; the effect leaves the performances a bit rough around the edges, but in a way that adds more than it takes away. It's also a good complement for Dulli's voice, which isn't as strong or precise as it once was yet still communicates an urgency that's riveting, though with the passage of time he's lost a bit of his prideful swagger, which is also reflected in the lyrics. Here the Greg Dulli character is more aware than ever of his flaws, even though he still does nothing to change them, and that self-knowledge gives the music a keen, edgy vibe. Random Desire doesn't necessarily sound like the Afghan Whigs in their glory days, but it does a much better job of summoning the emotional energy and musical tension that made Congregation and Gentlemen classics, and it's the best music he's made since the end of the Whigs' first era. ~ Mark Deming

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2020
Label: Barnes Noble Consign
UPC: 4050538595420

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Greg Dulli   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vibraphone,Mellotron,Bass,Drums,Organ,Piano,Guitar,Vocals
Meg Webb   Harp
Jon Theodore   Drums
Jon Skibic   Bass,Guitar
Mathias Schneeberger   Bass,Guitar,Synthesizer
Bryan Brown   Bells,Castanets,Percussion,Electronic Vibes
Brad Walker   Saxophone
Scott Frock   Trumpet
Jon Ramm-Gramenz   Trombone
Rick Nelson   Cello,Violin,Contrabass,Standup Bass
Camila Cabello   Vocals
Avtar Khalsa   Vocals (Background)
Charles Copley   Guitar
Doc Patt   Pedal Steel,Standup Bass
Matt Schluessler   Bass

Technical Credits

Jeff Powell   Master Lacquer
Jon Skibic   Overdub Engineer
Mathias Schneeberger   Engineer
Kyle Kelso   Overdub Engineer
Howie Weinberg   Engineer,Mastering
Dave Trumfio   Engineer
Rick Nelson   Engineer
Maciek Jacik   Photography
Dave Padrutt   Overdub Engineer
Ada Zielinska   Photography
Greg Dulli   Producer,Composer
Christopher Thorn   Mixing,Engineer,Producer
Matt Schluessler   Engineer
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