The album that Dulli put off after the death of his friend Ted Demme. For Dulli fans, however, it is no tragedy that Headlights was canned and Dulli refocused his energies on Blackberry Belle one of the strongest albums of 2003. Still Amber Headlights, though unfinished, and intrinsically weaker than Belle has plenty of charms of its own. "So Tight" is a raw rocker, nothing special, not bad, and gives way to "Black Swan," which sounds like the Afghan Whigs, and would have fit well, is perhaps an outtake, from Black Love, and contains lines like "come on baby, save me" which remind the listener that Dulli's lyrics are not always out of the top drawer. But, as with most of Dulli's work, the writing, whether loaded or limp, is of secondary importance to the roar and the swagger, and "Black Swan" rocks pretty hard. "Get the Wheel" slows things down, with a simple piano line and Dulli croaking "I'm wide awake/ somebody just put a gun in my face" and it ends all too soon. "Cigarettes," ("Cigarettes are gonna kill me/ I gotta get a lot before I hit the door") the fullest, most realized song on the record, is the highlight, and bits of the song were recycled on Blackberry Belle. On the heels of a lot of harder material, "Domani" is comparatively chill, with almost a Dire Straits style guitar part lingering in the background, but the song swells into a rocker as well, and by this point the mood of the record is fairly well established. The straigtforward "Golden Boy" is actually my favorite song from the record, and though at first blush there is nothing particulary striking about it, it is this track that keeps drawing me back to check this album out again and again. Today, I was actually impressed more than formerly with the record as a whole; I like it, though it still does not hold a candle to the album that replaced it, and it reminds us that anything from Dulli is no less than a blessing for which we should be thankful.