Do To The Beast [180 Gram Vinyl] (LP)


The Afghan Whigs

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Amoeba Review

04/14/2014

The Afghan Whigs reunion album Do to the Beast is a labor of love that thankfully doesn’t sound the slightest bit belabored. Far from it—this is the most liberated Greg Dulli has sounded musically in years, having also worked in terrific but more subdued projects like The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins. Here, Dulli reunites with bassist John Curley to recapture the sound and spirit of their band, which in retrospect was light year ahead of most of the alt-rock pack, given the sophistication of their arrangements and Dulli’s charismatic delivery and literate lyrics. “Parked Outside” opens the album powerfully with pounding drums, an embarrassment of loud, tangled guitars and Dulli’s impassioned wail. Ballad “It Kills” begins with a lonely piano and builds into a powerful tale of heartache—“it kills to watch you love another,” Dulli sings wearily, before belting some of his sweetest Princey falsetto. Similarly, “Lost in the Woods” uses a foreboding piano to build atmosphere but ends up as an open-wound Replacements-style jangly tearjerker. Dulli can’t help but inject the song and others like the Ennio Morricone-inspired “Algiers” with strings and other touches learned from his time in the cinematic Twilight Singers, and the music is all the better for it, fusing the Whigs’ rock stylings with Dulli’s mature recent outings. The resulting album should please fans of all of Dulli’s projects while giving The Afghan Whigs a fitting return. It’s the rare comeback album that feels necessary and vital.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Parked Outside
The Afghan Whigs 04:36
2.
Matamoros
The Afghan Whigs 02:43
3.
It Kills
The Afghan Whigs 03:33


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Algiers
The Afghan Whigs 04:03
2.
Lost In The Woods
The Afghan Whigs 04:54


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The Lottery
The Afghan Whigs 04:04
2.
Can Rova
The Afghan Whigs 03:44


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Royal Cream
The Afghan Whigs 04:33
2.
I Am Fire
The Afghan Whigs 02:51
3.
These Sticks
The Afghan Whigs 05:45

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