Album Review: How Do You Burn? by The Afghan Whigs
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From 1990's Up In It through to 1998's 1965, Greg Dulli's soulful Cincinnati band The Afghan Whigs delivered classic after classic. Each release felt like a rare, glowing, black diamond, with '93's Gentlemen in particular a golden antidote to the artless riffola of many of their peers. Filled with confessional, tortured lyrics and conversely anthemic instrumentation, they were one of the most complex and exhilarating bands of the era.
"We're going out in style," sings Greg Dulli on The Afghan Whigs' ninth album. If it was ever thus for alt-rock's soulful lothario, How Do You Burn? finds the Whigs in particularly lusty form after Dulli's solo sojourns, their first record since 2017's In Spades. Title unambiguous even by Whigs standards, I'll Make You See God kicks off in the high spirit of Up In It, QOTSA-esque riff jabbing hungrily.