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How Do You Burn?

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After an amicable breakup in 2001, The Afghan Whigs began touring and making records again in the second decade of the 21st century.  With the departure of original guitarist Rick McCollum in 2014, frontman Greg Dulli and the reconstituted Whigs failed to impress with that year’s Do to the Beast and 2017’s In Spades. But the extra time the pandemic offered seems to have forced Dulli and his bandmates to change up their process, slowly building How Do You Burn? through separately recorded files. Guests abound, none bigger than the late Mark Lanegan who was in the duo Gutter Twins with Dulli, and here sings background vocals on "Jyja" and "Take Me There." (According to Dulli, Lanegan also chose this album's title.)  After the storming rock guitar opener, "I'll Make You See God," unexpected string arrangements color "The Getaway" before vocalist Susan Marshall (who previously guested on 1965) joins for "Catch A Colt," which the band's official biography compares to Some Girls-era Rolling Stones or Tusk vintage Fleetwood Mac but is actually a synth-y '80s flavored dance track. "Please, Baby, Please" is one of Dulli's "are you the one?" soul ballads in which he switches to a Prince-like falsetto at points. Its plea of "Please, baby, please/ I gotta know what I've been waiting for/ I gotta know who I've been looking for/ I gotta know if that's you knockin'" is convincing and seemingly heartfelt. Though marred by a sample of sirens at the end, the tuneful "A Line of Shots," on which Dulli plays and sings everything, grows larger thanks to a grandiose vocal performance. And distinctive singer Marcy Mays (Scrawl), who appeared on the 1993's Gentlemen, duets with Dulli on "Domino and Jimmy," with its catchy repeated chorus.  While this is not the Afghan Whigs of old, it is the best they've sounded since their rebirth. © Robert Baird/Qobuz 

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1
I'll Make You See God
00:04:52

Greg Dulli, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals - The Afghan Whigs, MainArtist - Van Hunt, Engineer - Christopher Thorn, Producer, Engineer - Howie Weinberg, Engineer - Eric Gorfain, Engineer - Mike Napolitano, Engineer - Ed Harcourt, Engineer - John Curley, Engineer, Bass - Pete Matthews, Engineer - Andy Harrison, Engineer - Rick Nelson, Engineer - Mark Lanegan, Engineer - Kevin Ratterman, Engineer - Patrick Keeler, Drums - Mathias Schneeberger, Engineer, Synthesizer - Norm Block, Engineer - Jon Skibic, Engineer, Solo Guitar

© 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

2
The Getaway
00:03:05

Greg Dulli, Composer, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Piano, Vocals - The Afghan Whigs, MainArtist - Van Hunt, Engineer - Christopher Thorn, Producer, Engineer - Howie Weinberg, Engineer - Eric Gorfain, Engineer, Strings - Mike Napolitano, Engineer - Ed Harcourt, Engineer - John Curley, Engineer, Bass - Pete Matthews, Engineer - Andy Harrison, Engineer - Rick Nelson, Engineer - Mark Lanegan, Engineer - Kevin Ratterman, Engineer - Bo Koster, Piano - Patrick Keeler, Drums - Mathias Schneeberger, Engineer - Norm Block, Engineer - Jon Skibic, Engineer, Guitar - Irina IYalkowsky, Guitar

© 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

3
Catch A Colt
00:04:23

Greg Dulli, Composer, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals - The Afghan Whigs, MainArtist - Van Hunt, Engineer - Christopher Thorn, Producer, Engineer - Howie Weinberg, Engineer - Eric Gorfain, Engineer - Mike Napolitano, Engineer - Ed Harcourt, Engineer - John Curley, Engineer, Bass - Pete Matthews, Engineer - Andy Harrison, Engineer - Susan Marshall, Vocals - Rick Nelson, Engineer, Strings - Mark Lanegan, Engineer - Kevin Ratterman, Engineer, Percussion - Patrick Keeler, Drums - Mathias Schneeberger, Engineer - Norm Block, Engineer - Jon Skibic, Engineer, Guitar

© 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

4
Jyja
00:04:29

Greg Dulli, Composer, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Mellotron - The Afghan Whigs, MainArtist - Van Hunt, Engineer, Piano, Vocals - Christopher Thorn, Producer, Engineer - Howie Weinberg, Engineer - Eric Gorfain, Engineer - Mike Napolitano, Engineer - Ed Harcourt, Engineer - John Curley, Engineer - Pete Matthews, Engineer - Andy Harrison, Engineer - Rick Nelson, Engineer, Strings - Mark Lanegan, Engineer, Vocals - Kevin Ratterman, Engineer - Patrick Keeler, Drums - Mathias Schneeberger, Engineer, Synthesizer - Norm Block, Engineer - Jon Skibic, Engineer, Guitar

© 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

5
Please, Baby, Please
00:03:49

Greg Dulli, Composer, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Organ, Electric Piano, Vocals - The Afghan Whigs, MainArtist - Van Hunt, Engineer - Christopher Thorn, Producer, Engineer, Guitar - Howie Weinberg, Engineer - Eric Gorfain, Engineer - Mike Napolitano, Engineer - Ed Harcourt, Engineer - John Curley, Engineer, Bass - Pete Matthews, Engineer - Andy Harrison, Engineer - Rick Nelson, Engineer - Mark Lanegan, Engineer - Kevin Ratterman, Engineer - Mathias Schneeberger, Engineer - Norm Block, Engineer - Jon Skibic, Engineer

© 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

6
A Line Of Shots
00:03:27

Greg Dulli, Composer, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Bass - The Afghan Whigs, MainArtist - Van Hunt, Engineer - Christopher Thorn, Producer, Engineer - Howie Weinberg, Engineer - Eric Gorfain, Engineer - Mike Napolitano, Engineer - Ed Harcourt, Engineer - John Curley, Engineer - Pete Matthews, Engineer - Andy Harrison, Engineer - Rick Nelson, Engineer - Mark Lanegan, Engineer - Kevin Ratterman, Engineer - Mathias Schneeberger, Engineer - Norm Block, Engineer - Jon Skibic, Engineer

© 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

7
Domino and Jimmy
00:03:52

Greg Dulli, Composer, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Bass - The Afghan Whigs, MainArtist - Van Hunt, Engineer - Christopher Thorn, Producer, Engineer, Vocals - Howie Weinberg, Engineer - Eric Gorfain, Engineer - Mike Napolitano, Engineer - Ed Harcourt, Engineer - John Curley, Engineer - Pete Matthews, Engineer - Andy Harrison, Engineer - Rick Nelson, Engineer - Mark Lanegan, Engineer - Kevin Ratterman, Engineer - Marcy Mays, Vocals - Patrick Keeler, Drums - Mathias Schneeberger, Engineer, Synthesizer - Norm Block, Engineer - Jon Skibic, Engineer, Guitar

© 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

8
Take Me There
00:04:07

Greg Dulli, Composer, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Vocals - The Afghan Whigs, MainArtist - Van Hunt, Engineer, Vocals - Christopher Thorn, Producer, Engineer - Howie Weinberg, Engineer - Eric Gorfain, Engineer - Mike Napolitano, Additional Drums, Engineer - Ed Harcourt, Engineer, Vocals - John Curley, Engineer, Bass - Pete Matthews, Engineer - Andy Harrison, Engineer - Rick Nelson, Engineer, Strings - Mark Lanegan, Engineer, Vocals - Kevin Ratterman, Engineer - Patrick Keeler, Drums - Mathias Schneeberger, Engineer - Norm Block, Engineer - Jon Skibic, Engineer, Guitar

© 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

9
Concealer
00:02:42

Greg Dulli, Composer, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Organ, Vocals, Bass - The Afghan Whigs, MainArtist - Van Hunt, Engineer - Christopher Thorn, Producer, Engineer, Guitar - Howie Weinberg, Engineer - Eric Gorfain, Engineer - Mike Napolitano, Engineer - Ed Harcourt, Engineer - John Curley, Engineer - Pete Matthews, Engineer - Andy Harrison, Engineer - Rick Nelson, Engineer, Strings - Mark Lanegan, Engineer - Kevin Ratterman, Engineer - Mathias Schneeberger, Engineer - Norm Block, Engineer - Jon Skibic, Engineer

© 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

10
In Flames
00:04:44

Greg Dulli, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals - The Afghan Whigs, MainArtist - Van Hunt, Engineer - Christopher Thorn, Producer, Engineer, Guitar - Howie Weinberg, Engineer - Eric Gorfain, Engineer - Mike Napolitano, Engineer - Ed Harcourt, Engineer - John Curley, Engineer, Bass - Pete Matthews, Engineer - Andy Harrison, Engineer - Rick Nelson, Engineer, Strings - Mark Lanegan, Engineer - Kevin Ratterman, Engineer - Patrick Keeler, Drums - Mathias Schneeberger, Engineer - Norm Block, Engineer - Jon Skibic, Engineer

© 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2022 Royal Cream, LLC under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

Album review

After an amicable breakup in 2001, The Afghan Whigs began touring and making records again in the second decade of the 21st century.  With the departure of original guitarist Rick McCollum in 2014, frontman Greg Dulli and the reconstituted Whigs failed to impress with that year’s Do to the Beast and 2017’s In Spades. But the extra time the pandemic offered seems to have forced Dulli and his bandmates to change up their process, slowly building How Do You Burn? through separately recorded files. Guests abound, none bigger than the late Mark Lanegan who was in the duo Gutter Twins with Dulli, and here sings background vocals on "Jyja" and "Take Me There." (According to Dulli, Lanegan also chose this album's title.)  After the storming rock guitar opener, "I'll Make You See God," unexpected string arrangements color "The Getaway" before vocalist Susan Marshall (who previously guested on 1965) joins for "Catch A Colt," which the band's official biography compares to Some Girls-era Rolling Stones or Tusk vintage Fleetwood Mac but is actually a synth-y '80s flavored dance track. "Please, Baby, Please" is one of Dulli's "are you the one?" soul ballads in which he switches to a Prince-like falsetto at points. Its plea of "Please, baby, please/ I gotta know what I've been waiting for/ I gotta know who I've been looking for/ I gotta know if that's you knockin'" is convincing and seemingly heartfelt. Though marred by a sample of sirens at the end, the tuneful "A Line of Shots," on which Dulli plays and sings everything, grows larger thanks to a grandiose vocal performance. And distinctive singer Marcy Mays (Scrawl), who appeared on the 1993's Gentlemen, duets with Dulli on "Domino and Jimmy," with its catchy repeated chorus.  While this is not the Afghan Whigs of old, it is the best they've sounded since their rebirth. © Robert Baird/Qobuz 

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