Greg Dulli's Random Desire: a master class in mining the musical spectrum

Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli stretches his wings on debut solo album Random Desire

Greg Dulli: Random Desire
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With the Afghan Whigs and the Twilight Singers, Greg Dulli has been one of rock’s foremost investigators of the dark and vicious face of love and lust, steeped in soul and in alcohol-laced contrition. 

Having come up through the grunge era but never really fitting in with the sound of the time, it’s fitting that his first solo album is a master class in mining the musical spectrum, taking in everything from Prince’s carnal yelps on Scorpio to a sparse, desert-bound echo of Nick Cave’s devil-baiting gothic drama on A Ghost, somehow combining it with a backbone of Dr John hoodoo in a manner that seems entirely natural.

Taken as a whole, though, Random Desire could only ever have come from Dulli. 

It’s a deeply intimate, deeply beautiful examination of regret, loss, disappointment, solitude and personal demons, made all the more alluring by his warm, frank, subtly emotional vocals. 

As he reaches the status of elder statesman, here he takes the mantle with the utmost grace.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.