It's a bit scary to think that I've lived with this album for over 10 years now! And although I wouldn't say it's my favourite album of all time (I mainly listen to electronic and classical stuff), it is certainly my favourite rock album.
Despite coming to the album as a fan of the previous one (Gentlemen), it took me a little while to warm to Black Love. I wouldn't describe it as difficult as such, but I guess the songs are dark and not overtly catchy. Once I was familiar with it, however, it was hard to imagine how I didn't 'get' it at first.
Perhaps the best thing about this album (especially in this age of single track downloads) is how skilfully it has been put together. The tension is constantly cranked up over the space of 3 or 4 tracks, and then released with a slower number, before the band start to crank it up again. Listening to "Going to Town", it's hard to imagine how they can crank things up any further, but then "Honky's Ladder" kicks in and you realise they can!
Due to the way that the tension is constantly maintained, I also find this album my favourite ever to go running/workout to. I'm sure this wasn't what the band had in mind putting it together, but it's still the case! But in any setting, it's a classic album, and whilst other Whigs albums might contain stronger individual tracks, judged as a whole I think this is their masterpiece.