She Loves You

For his third album under the Twilight Singers rubric, ex-Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli undertakes an all-covers repertoire.

For his third album under the Twilight Singers rubric, ex-Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli undertakes an all-covers repertoire. Reflecting his eclectic bent, the material ranges from tunes written by or associated with Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane and Skip James to Fleetwood Mac, Hope Sandoval, Mary J. Blige and Björk. The entire package hangs together gloriously: The renditions bear the sensuous heat of Dulli's self-penned work. In fact, if one were ignorant of the material's provenance, "She Loves You" could easily be mistaken for a new collection of originals. Standouts among a consistent batch include "Strange Fruit" (featuring vocals by Dulli's cohort Mark Lanegan), "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" and "Summertime." In all, a compelling take on the diverse roots and branches of Dulli's personal style.—CM