Amber Headlights fails, when it does, because it's trying to be two things at once: a personal reflection on life and death and a commercially acceptable rock record. But when the album ditches the tricks and conventions that define mainstream rock and focuses on Dulli's songs, it is very powerful indeed.
The funk-noir backing means that Dulli is able to purr lyrics about "sexy ladies", debilitating cocaine habits and your standard-issue emotionally violent love affairs without sounding as trite as he perhaps should. [Mar 2006, p.104]
BetteDJan 18, 2006Transitional. Unfinished. Rough. Admittedly full of potential and a great view into what it is Dulli does.
BurtonGDec 7, 2005Yes, a transitional "bridge" between his late period Whigs work and the Twilight Singers, but that doesn't mean that aren't gems here. I, for one, am not put off by songs that later evolved to new, more polished one. As a longtime follower, I enjoyed tracing the progression. The album grows thinner as it goes but that can be said of most of his work. Greg Dulli is a front-loader. A sure-fire pick up for fans but worth it too for the more casual listener.… Expand
SteveDec 10, 2005For what it is, it is good. "Amber Headlights" are a couple of demos. It is not a finished article.
FrankSinatraDec 12, 2005I do love Greg and the Twilights, but I'd have to agree with the general sentiment of these reviews. This feels a bit like a b-sides collection. Mostly strong songs, and absolutely necessary for fans, but a little inconsequential when compared to Dulli's other recordings. Can't wait for Powder Burns.… Expand
GentlemanDec 9, 2005A not so great album from a very good artist.
danieleJan 3, 2006Greg Dulli's worst album so far
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