Making Love to the Dark Ages

  • Making Love to the Dark Ages
  • 2009 : LiveWired

Burnt Sugar’s first stu­dio record­ing in 5 years in cel­e­bra­tion of the band’s 10 year anniver­sary. A tasty mix of his­to­ry and con­tem­po­rary. A spicy blend of jazz, improv, inno­va­tion and com­po­si­tion.
A cor­nu­copia of sound embed­ded in the process of cre­ativ­i­ty: hot, sweet, and a lit­tle burnt on the edges.


  1. Chains and Water-part One
  2. Chains and Water — Part Two
  3. Chains and Water — Part Three
  4. Thorazine/eighty One
  5. Love to Tical
  6. Dom­i­na­ta (The Gabri Bal­lad)
  7. Mak­ing Love to the Dark Ages — Part One
  8. Mak­ing Love to the Dark Ages — Part Two



“Despite the stylistic versatility, the soundscape often conjures late electric Miles—Andre Lassalle, guitar ghoul on the scary “Throne of Blood 33 1/3,” blends Hendrix and Pete Cosey—and the politics are easily as subversive. On the poignant, angry “Burning Crosses,” Abby Dobson’s huge, plummy voice aches while Rene Akan’s guitar twines. This music is aggressive and fearless no matter the mode—and there are “soft” cuts. (Not many, though.) There’s also a hidden 12th track, a pushy venture with buried vocals and Tackhead drive saying it’s time to act like an African. Coming on the heels of the synth-drenched “Blood Music,” it’s advice the band also stresses in the album’s clever title. Question is, do you pronounce “negrocity” like “ferocity” or make it two words? Works both ways and then some, like the music itself.”
by  Carlo Wolff