Music is littered with acts that change on the regular, something we adore as bands evolve. Some artists find their love and never leave. While both can have wonderful consequences, it’s rare for an artist to stay in a sound and actually grow at the same time. For the past thirty plus years, The Afghan Whigs made a sultry alternative sound littered with soul and R&B touches that was definitely its own thing. While singer Greg Dulli embarked a bit outside of that with Twilight Singers, he still stayed with it throughout. Now with his new solo album Random Desire, Dulli proves you can stay at your core while still expanding in the process.
While the opening track “Pantomima” will remind fans of that R&B laced sound, Dulli mixes things up here a bit. “Sempre” digs deeper and reveals another side to what Dulli has become known for. The song tears away a lot of that alt rock tone and goes further into its own sound. This occurs on “The Tide” and again on “A Ghost.” In many ways, it’s all Greg Dulli, but closer to a revelation of what his sound can be than just a rehash of old ideas.
And while some of those past incarnations appear on tracks like “It Falls Apart” and on “Black Moon,” it’s still all new. Dulli doesn’t mind gracing his former self with new techniques. His vocals throughout the album are soaked in anguish and sultry pain. Of the ten songs, we found ourselves relishing in “Scorpio.” The piano lead song is filled with soul and swagger, but still embarks on a new journey you can enjoys as a fan of The Afghan Whigs or just as someone who has no idea who Greg Dulli is.
Random Desire is ready to purchase in multiple formats directly from the Greg Dulli web store. It can be streamed on all streaming sites or purchased from all digital shops. Greg Dulli is on tour March 19 in Galway, Ireland at Roisin Dubh until May 28 in Los Angeles, CA at Palace Theatre. His tour dates can be accessed here.
Image Credits: Photo by Maciek Jasik.