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Listen to Afghan Whigs - “Lovecrimes” (MP3)

Listen to Afghan Whigs - “Lovecrimes” (MP3)

By: Eric Steingold
July 16, 2012

As if Frank Ocean wasn't garnering enough attention as of late for the release of his critically lauded new album Channel Orange and his stunning performance on Jimmy Fallon last week, The Afghan Whigs have released their own robust version of his "Lovecrimes" available now over at their website, or in the player below. The song has been a live staple of the soul-rockers since their reformation, and they are now releasing a studio take of the cover in celebration of new tour dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Boston, and Philadelphia.

While they have come to be known for their original take on many different songs, from Prince to Pink Floyd, "Lovecrimes" (from Nostalgia, Ultra) is without a doubt the most contemporary piece of music that the band has covered. It may seem like an odd choice, to be sure, but the iconoclast's song fits in quite well with the band's current repertoire. It starts with Greg Dulli crooning over minimal piano, strings, and purposefully smooth guitar before picking up enigmatically with thunderous guitar and a soulful backbeat -- a sound reminiscent of Gentlemen-era Afghan Whigs. This slowed down, harder version is fantastic, and even gives Frank's original a run for its money. Check it out!

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