Like some ultra-cool soundtrack to a violent and beautiful gangster film, Black Love plunges the listener into a dark urban world. This is essential listening for anyone still interested in the rock album as an art form. Greg Dulli draws on his ever-present lyrical themes of love, sex, death, revenge and redemption to create a complex and evocative world of angry loners, jilted lovers and dark alleys. Opening with 'Crime Scene Part 1' and the awful cry of "Do you think I'm beautiful?/Do you think I'm evil?", and closing with the pure ray of light that is 'Faded', Black Love takes us through the groovy arson fantasy 'Going To Town', killer single 'Honky's Ladder', and the sparkling 'Step Into The Light'. Nothing is wasted; everything adds to the mood, builds on the story. This is a perfect album: soulful and moving without resorting to cliche; aggressive and gritty without becoming macho; and complete in itself to make you want to ride the emotional rollercoaster again and again. Is it God or the devil at the controls? Who knows.