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  • Summary: The second full-length solo studio release for the The Afghan Whigs/The Twilight Singers member features contributions from Rick G. Nelson, Dr. Stephen Patt, Mathias Schneeberger, Jon Skibic, and Jon Theodore.
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  1. 80
    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.
  2. Feb 24, 2020
    80
    Random Desire doesn't necessarily sound like the Afghan Whigs in their glory days, but it does a much better job of summoning the emotional energy and musical tension that made Congregation and Gentlemen classics, and it's the best music he's made since the end of the Whigs' first era.
  3. Mar 2, 2020
    80
    Random Desire is striking in its unified exploration of what comes after — years after — a heartbreak. Not a mere collection of 10 songs, it is an album in the classic sense, each track as essential as a chapter in a book or a scene from a movie.
  4. Feb 21, 2020
    73
    As much as it draws from Dulli’s dog-eared little black book, Random Desire features its share of inspired tangents, when he forgoes the elaborate full-band effect to embrace the mad-scientist possibilities of his solo set-up.
  5. Feb 20, 2020
    70
    As a whole, the album is a surprising turn for an artist who built much of his legend on self-loathing, brooding, and yearning (both existentially and carnally).
  6. 70
    Existing fans will take this in stride since it’s cut from a dense cloth that Dulli has been stitching for the majority of his nearly 30 year career. They will find plenty here to pore over and try to untangle. Newcomers may scratch their collective heads yet still appreciate Dulli’s unconventional, minor key songwriting, distinctive vocals and playing that, even with guests on every track, comes primarily from his mind and hands.
  7. Mojo
    Feb 19, 2020
    60
    While the key of Random Desire is mostly subterranean, when the serpentine build of The Tide breaks, the impact is undeniably soulful and powerful. [Mar 2020, p.88]

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  1. Mar 31, 2020
    6
    ( 62/100 )

    Uno pensaría que para ser su segundo proyecto como solista en 15 años, el artista Greg Dulli regresaría con una visión personal,
    ( 62/100 )

    Uno pensaría que para ser su segundo proyecto como solista en 15 años, el artista Greg Dulli regresaría con una visión personal, intima o, al menos, interesante de escuchar, pero nada más lejos de la realidad. Aún con la ayuda de Christopher Thorn, el álbum se esfuerza demasiado por ser crear una experiencia liberadora, transformadora y de emancipación, pero sin realmente agregar alguna innovación, detalle o algún atractivo que lo diferencie de cualquier otro Pop-Rock reciclado y poco trascendental. Por lo tanto el sentimiento es forzado que realmente es pesado escuchar el álbum ya que se escucha repetitiva y desentonada, cortesía de la voz del mismo Greg.
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    One would think that this second project as a soloist in 15 years, the artist would come back with a personal, intimate or, at least, interesting vision to hear, but there is nothing farther away from the truth. Even with Christopher Thorn's help, the album makes a great effort to share a liberating, transforming and emancipating experience, but without really adding innovation, detail or some attractiveness that could differentiate this from any other recycled, corny and invisible Pop-Rock. Therefore the feeling is so forced that it's really heavy to hear because of its repetitiveness and out of tune voice of Greg.
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