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Gentlemen

The Afghan Whigs

1993

Gentlemen

Album Summary

Gentlemen is the fourth studio album by American alternative rock band the Afghan Whigs. It was recorded primarily at Ardent Studios in Memphis, with the band's frontman Greg Dulli producing, and released on October 5, 1993, by Elektra Records.Written by Dulli on tour for the band's 1992 album Congregation, Gentlemen is composed as a troubling song cycle that follows a toxic relationship as it ends. Noted for Dulli's grimly acerbic lyrics and influences from soul music, it is considered by critics to be the Afghan Whigs' greatest record, an essential release from the 1990s, and among the best-written breakup albums. The album was remastered in deluxe format for its 21st anniversary and covered extensively in a dedicated volume of the 33⅓ music book series.

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Rating

2.95

Votes

4657

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
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Wed Aug 11 2021
1

This is a little too aggressive, 90s for me. Sounds like music for guys who yell at their girlfriends in public. Yeah. I hate this.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

Amazing album. Unfortunately it works as the missing link between grunge and shitty bands like Bush and Creed.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Angst lyrics but 90’s rock sound.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Had never heard of this band and was pleasantly surprised enough that I'll be checking out much more of their catalog, who knew I liked early 90s emo

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

I listened to the Afghan Whigs full records as a part of another list I’m taking on and I think this one is the best. Mixture of soul, R&B, post punk and alternative rock to make an interesting genre all their own. Favorite song: Debonair Least favorite song: Fountain and Fairfax

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Familiarity: 0/10 Notes: wow. Symphonic Grunge, layered emotion, and tight playing. Note to self, check out more Afghan Whigs Real Rating: 8/10

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Sun May 16 2021
4

How have I gone all these years without this band in my life

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Sat Aug 21 2021
2

I love the music, but the lyrics are complete trash and give me gross incel vibes

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Wed Mar 24 2021
1

did not finish. i feel it is my right to not finish albums now.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

I enjoyed this album.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

This band has always floated around the periphery of the music I listen to. Oft recommended but seldom listened to. What turned me off in previous listens was the lyrical directness. I always felt like the music begged for something more abstract and circuitous. This listen was quite enveloping though. Something finally clicked.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Forgot how good the Afghan Whigs are. While grunge was taking over, this album is a nice alternative sound to what would become the ALTERNATIVE sound.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

The singer's voice kind of ruined it for me.

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Mon May 03 2021
3

3.0 - A killer backing band with explosive drums and great guitar work. Non-chord based and almost absent of melody, which actually helps create some expansive soundscapes. But, sweet Lord do I find that lead singer grating! He sings with joyless, grunty disgust and the lyrics just make him seem like a dumb douchebag. Some of the writing seems lazy, leaning on unneeded swearing, which comes off as pretentious. The only standouts are "Curse Me", which has a female vocalist. Absolute gem. And the last instrumental track (again without the lead vocalist) is great.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Raw and emotional. Lyrically repugnant. Don’t love the vocals but subjectively appropriate for the style/message. I don’t like it, but I COULD under the right circumstances. Going middle of the road rating, but can’t fault the whole package.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
2

Radiohead with all of the pretension but none of the talent. Shitty lyrics, tacky song names, Dad Rock at its most uninteresting.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
2

A meeting of conflict and lassitude, laziness and propulsion. Great in theory, and a handful of others have pulled it off. But not these well-intentioned chaps.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

Sort of a boring parody of a boring generic 90s album. So ethereal that it completely leaves your memory *as it is playing*

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Fri Sep 10 2021
1

#3 was so bad I found myself adjusting the sound settings in my car thinking there was something wrong with them

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Thu Apr 07 2022
1

Got to the fourth song, Debonair, and called it quits. Jesus was a grating album. Just loud, unmelodious shouting. Didn't add and not even remotely interested in listening to anything else they've done.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

it was okay

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

Me gustó mucho, creo que cumple con su cometido de corazón roto rockero. A ratos suena oscuro, a ratos suena enérgico, pero como que la sensación de tristeza se mantiene constante. Todo suena bien y sigue esa misma línea. Disfruté sobre todo "Gentlemen", "Be Sweet", "When We Two Parted" y "Now You Know". 10/10

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

Otra de las grandes sorpresas de este conteo. PORQUE NO HABÍA ESCUCHADO ESTO ANTES. Brutal disco, creo que es el mejor disco nuevo para mí que escuchado hasta ahorita en este juego.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
5

Afghan Lids

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

This is so '90's

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

Never heard of this but it's absolutely fucking great. Melodramatic angst-ridden lyrics, dark vibes, just a great breakup album. Sounds way more recent than 1993 as well. Loved it.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

Excellent; one more album in the list of reasons why I started this project.

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Sun May 08 2022
5

Geweldige band! En deze plaat is een van de meerdere hoogtepunten in hun oeuvre. Wel erg 90's-anger maarja dat is nou eenmaal waardoor ik gevormd ben😉

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Sun May 08 2022
5

Geen tijd gehad om deze top plaat te beluisteren, maar dat hoeft ook niet, want deze heb ik waarschijnlijk meer gedraaid dan welke andere CD ooit! Helemaal goed.

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Sun May 08 2022
5

Prachtalbum! Ik heb nu al zin in het concert deze zomer, de kaartjes al op zak!

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Ovo mi je jedan od najdražih albuma devedesetih

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Wow, awesome mix of grunge and psychedelic guitars. Definitely hear some king gizz in here.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

Wow, it looks like I found another candidate for the surprise of the year (for myself only, of course)! The Afghan Whigs with an album "Gentlemen", described as the best breakup record ever written. I don't know about that, but you can feel the emotions filling the whole room from the moment the first song starts. The album oscillates between an indie rock, quirky melodies to hard rock, full-on grunge tracks. The combination, that falls somewhere in-between those genres perfectly encapsulates the anger and sadness, creating a very atmospheric setup for the whole album. I think that might be one of those records, that doesn't have any fillers - every song fits into the concept, but also stands on its own. One can easily say, that there is 11 singles, each deserving a spot on the list of "greatest songs you musty heard before you die". Vocal on this album doesn't sound very well, the voice of the main vocalist, Greg Dulli, breaks up pretty often, but probably that's on purpose - it also adds more melancholy and desperation for some of the tracks. What's interesting, my two favourite songs from the album are the two where Greg doesn't sing. First one, with similar style of singing, but from a woman, Marcy Mays, "My Curse". I think this song is the culmination of the album - great, hard rock ballad, do not listen when you are going through a breakup yourself, many tears may follow. The second favourite song is the last, instrumental "Brother Woodrow/Closing Prayer". It's just an excellent ending to the album filled with emotions, giving you slow and soft release, perfect song to loop forward to the beginning of the record. Easy 5 stars, I'm looking forward to the journey into Afghan Whigs' discography.

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Mon Dec 07 2020
4

Enjoyed for the most part. Songs didn't really stand out from one another, but they sounded good.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Didn't know what to expect but damn, I really liked this album. Good rock, good lyrics, and just overall a good album. Could get into my feels with this one but also just say fuck it to the world at the same time typa vibe.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Angry, early 90s music. Will have to listen to this more. Liked the opener, but then it faded out a bit.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Bändin nimi oli tuttu jonkinlaisena indierockin edelläkävijänä mutta musiikki oli ihan vierasta. Jotenkin tämä oli jäänyt täysin paitsioon vaikka saman aikakauden ja genren bändejä olen fanittanut. Tykkäsin todella kovasti ja tätä tulee varmasti kuunneltua tulevaisuudessakin.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Interesting....

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Pre-Grunge 90s Alt! There were definitely some good songs on here. I think it would be a pretty great break-up album, but hopefully I won't have to test that theory haha

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Sun Jul 04 2021
4

Consistent quality throughout, though it’s mostly just moody alternative rock. I think if I cared more about the lyrics or if there were more musical highs I would like this album better. 7

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Interesting, with metal vibes, a bit out of tune but I liked it. Maybe a bit grunge

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

O sea chido, como cualquier rock alternativo. Auqnue sí hubo canciones que me dieron hueva y di varios skips. Favs: debpnair y my curse

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Sun Jul 04 2021
4

This isn’t really my style but it definitely had a lot of strong moments, in terms of both music and themes. There were moments that felt really self-indulgent , but overall it’s decent. 7/10

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Great album

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

Excelente. Algunos sonidos grungeros tipo pearl jam pero también tranqui al final. Rock

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

Very solid album. His voice is pretty grating but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Enjoyed the switch-up to the female lead singer as well. Might need to start doing a favorite bar for these albums - "You think I'm scared of girls/Well maybe/But I'm not afraid of you" is pretty fire Saved: Debonair*, What Jail Is Like

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Strong musicianship, interesting vibes and very listenable.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Really liked the first half of the album, the latter half wasn't as good.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

Up The Talilads

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Potente

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

This was cooler and more raw than I expected. I thought of the Afghan Whigs as an overrated indie darling band, but there's some solid stuff here.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

Was listening to local radio last night, and I thought to myself “I’m not familiar with this Replacements song…” it was these Afghan Whigs. That Replacements influence is pretty strong. Very Good album - the breakup theme was disconcerting; probably because it seemed so sincere. Listworthy = 👍

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Rock Alternativo noventero mucho más agradable de lo que esperaba. Entre el nombre y la portada me imaginé que vendría una cosa Nirvanesca pero sin siquiera llegarle y fue grata sorpresa escuchar otra cosa. De esos discos que en aquella época quizá tuvieron para hacer que despegara la banda y solo les faltó vivir en Seattle en vez de Cincinatti.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Sonido crudo pero original, me hubiera gustado conocer esta banda más joven. Hoy no me volaron los sesos como quizá lo hubieran hecho hace veinte años. 3.5 estrellas que suben a 4 porque sí los pienso escuchar de nuevo. Songs: Now you know, Debonair

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

De ver la portada esperaba más rock alternativo noventero hacia el grunge estandar pero, aunque en cierto modo lo es, es mucho más que eso. Me llamo mucho que siento una línea completa dentro del disco en su temática hacia temas sobre la ansiedad y hacia sentir como si fuera un album concepto que en partes fuera una confesión de alguien que realizó algún crimen grave. Esa mezcla fue bastante interesante y creo que las canciones están muy bien logradas. Musicalmente el inicio agarra de sorpresa, excelente, desolador y pone el ambiente correcto. El disco es mucho más pesado de lo que esperaba, no es que sea Slayer pero de verdad tiene un sonido único y no suena simplemente a "otra banda de esas" Variado, interesante, inteligente... Sonando a ratos a una mezcla de RHCP, Bowie y composiciones de Peter Gabriel en una licuadora sobre una base de grunge. Muy muy interesante

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Will need to listen again to get the full lyrical story. Musically was great though.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

I enjoyed the raw, alternative rock on this album. Some great guitar work, a very charismatic lead singer, and some bitter feelings about relationships are all over this thing. He's got a Jim Morrison thing going in "Fountain and Fairfax," and I think that he must have been influenced by The Doors. I admit I got kind of lost in this one. There's substance, cool riffs, and passion.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

Had a few listens now as it's very much an 'album' rather than collection of a few standout tracks. Did enjoy - constantly revising who they remind me (Ooh just like - Verve, ooh U2, ooh Muse etc). Looking forward to hearing more of them

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Pa onak površinski se čini dost običan "već sam to čuo x y puta" album, al kad se malo poprati i zagrebe ispod ima tu dosta dobrih stvari i ekšli umjetničke vrijednosti, def nastavljam slušat kada budem u moodu za tak nešt. Poticajna četvorka.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Zbog ovakvih stvari sam unišao u ovu kolotečinu albuma. Da mi se isprsi nekad neki album od nekog nekad izvođača za kojeg nikad nisam čuo, i bude ono materijal za daljnji nastavak egzistencijalnog života - Ovo će biti na nekoj repeticiji, osjećam.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

deze vond ik ook leuk my curse neem ik mee

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

A good listen

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

This one is good too very 90s

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

I really liked this. Admittedly right up my street as it sounds like the Replacements but the songs were very strong and well put together

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Unrelenting grit and grunginess like this can only come from Ohio.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

I always like a concept album, and hats off to the delicious guitar riffs and engaging vocal performance. I wish the production was a little less muddy and the sounds the played had a little more variety, but this had enough going for it to just barely scrape out a fourth star.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

This is one of those instances where the sunmative album is greater than any one individual song.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Four stars. I don't really know what to say about it, though, that hasn't already been said about how nasty it is (particularly by Greg Dulli); good thing the tunes are so good or else it might be a bit *too* bracing.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Un disc del seu moment. Emparentat amb el grunge per l'època, però no pel seu so, rock alternatiu amb certs aires de soul. Molt del seu temps, que en el seu moment em va passar desapercebut. La fama de clàssic perdut la té ben merescuda

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Sun May 08 2022
4

Echt een te gekke plaat. Rock maar toch soulvol.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

p709. 1993. 4 stars Accessible indy rock with distinct hints of Nirvana. Came cold to this and was pleasantly surprised. On the replay list.

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Fri May 13 2022
4

This must be my week of 1993. Along with Grant Lee Buffalo, I get The Afghan Whigs, both not falling in the grunge category, amazingly. This is The Afghan Whigs' 4th album. Besides the last song, every song is about breaking up or some aspect a toxic relationship. The music and lyrics are high drama. There does not appear to be an overarching story; each song is its own story of relationship misery. Greg Dulli (lead singer) used Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks" as inspiration with each song on its own within an overall motif. I definitely see that. The lyrics are very descriptive and can be pretty vicious. Some of the Afghan Whigs' music has a soulful influence but this album, besides one song, is straight forward drama and rock. It is one of the best albums that I've heard where the lyrics and music are trying to match each other. The album is great listening to as a whole capturing the overall tone but also has great individual tunes. "Debonair" is the one sort of funky song on the album with a great, unique groove, has tremendous and vicious lyrics about being in a poisonous relationship "Cause it don't bleed, And it don't breathe, It's locked its jaws, And now it's swallowing," and is one of my favorite songs of the 90's. "Gentlemen" has a intense dramatic intro and maintains that throughout the song. "What Jail Is Like" builds the drama using the soft-loud-soft dynamic and compares the relationship to being in jail. The Afghan Whigs broke up in 2001 and reformed in 2012 and are still absolutely amazing seeing live. They have 7 studio albums all worth checking out with this probably being their best.

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Probably deserves another listen

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

Emotional and raw

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Brilliant rock album full angst and a intoxiticating relationship story 👍

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Is it a 4 or is it a 5? I had to give it a fourth listen this morning to make sure. It definitely improves with each listen. The album depicts the anger, hurt and frustration of a couple going through a break up and it tells the story very well. It's a great album to get lost in and I love the idea that this is a contemporary version of a song cycle. It's not as good as Winterreise though! A very high 4 for me.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Loved it.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

Alternative rock, 1993. Gentlemen starts with incredible music since the first moments of the record and that feeling gets better going through this album. Every song portrait a different vibe to enjoy and the voice matches perfectly with the instruments in all the project. Definitely in the top 20 records of the 90s and in the top 10 of its genre.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Had never heard of this band. Pretty good album.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

very fun to listen to

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

bem bom, sonzao imponente

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Pretty good had never heard of them before

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Never heard of this band or any of their songs before but I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting more of a strictly 90s style vibe, but the album had some pretty diverse sounds. I saved My Curse and Now You Know to my Spotify.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Dunno how I've never heard these guys before... v. good album

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Wow this was a ride… I have never heard of the Afghan Whigs even though I listened to my share of 90s grunge. It has a lot of the characteristics of its generation of music, but Gentlemen isn’t exactly the 90s grunge formula. The album is crafted like a movie exploring a very complicated and troubled relationship. The album ends with “Closing Prayer” - an instrumental piece that evokes the rolling of credits. So while the grinding guitars feel very 90s, this album stands out from a lot of that era’s music. The first time through I wasn’t sure I loved this, but after a second pass I really was drawn in to the story and the music. I wish I had discovered this when it was released because there sure is a lot to explore here. I’m not sure I have the energy now for this much drama often, but this album is definitely worthy of this list with a lot of depth to explore.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

I didn’t always love listening to this but I found it really compelling. I found it a fairly effective take on the concept album, creating complex, troubled characters on a fucked up journey.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Getting some notes of Flaming Lips - good hard rock vibes.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Decent grunge era entry. I wasn't familiar with this band or any of the songs. I'll need to give another listen to properly place it. I liked "My Curse" with guest vocalist Marcy Mays the best or at least most interesting to my ears at first listen. I can see enjoying this record but don't feel like I missed out on it back in the '90s.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Buen disco de rock, con buena voz, melodías y ritmos.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

A very 90s alt-rock breakup album. Best track: Brother Woodrow

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Sun Dec 27 2020
3

I enjoyed the groove. Not my scene.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

Moody rock. A little too loud/shouty for me, but some songs were good.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

Not bad

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Cage the Elephanty. Not quite as good but dig it

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

This album was fine. It was definitely characteristic of 90's rock.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

Little to say here, probably cause I listened to this hot off the heels of Pharcyde and it was just not as interesting.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
3

Very 90’s sounding which I love. Took me right back to that era. I found the album to be simple but interesting yet effective. Not too terribly musically diverse but pleasant to listen to.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

It was fine. 5-6/10

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Indie

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Sun Jun 13 2021
3

Un bon album de rock alternatif. 3.25. Mon facteur de reecoute n’est pas eleve

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Sun Jul 04 2021
3

6/10. The cover art is kind of funny though. Good sound, but nothing to write home about.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
3

Nope not for me. 5

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Aika semi, osassa biiseistä vokalistilla oli yllättävän paljon epätasaisuutta. Välillä oli hyvää settiä, toisinaan jäi sitten vähän valjuksi. Skarppaisi, mokoma! Jossain biisissä (vai biiseissä?) ollut nainen oli tasaisempi, mutta miehen äänestä pidin ns. hyvissä kohdissa enemmän. Annan tälle peruskolmosen, taustalla meni ärsyttämättä, mutta ei myöskään aiheuttanut suurempia intohimoja.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
3

Pretty cool guitar, but voice a bit creepy to me... sounded a lot like Trent Dresner. Didn't listen to it all

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Moody alt-rock. BT: Gentlemen, Debonair, When We Two Parted

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Good bass heavy 90s alt rock. A little dreary at times, but I guess that has a place

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

Very passable but unlikely to ever go back, forgetable stuff and god knows I’ve tried with this band over the last 25 years

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

A nice wee surprise of an album. Might not revisit but definitely enjoyable.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

Really enjoyed this, lacked standout tracks perhaps but they’ve a good sound and an interesting style and lyrics.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
3

Some pretty good tunes, good lyrics. But some shit too. Kinda rock with distorted guitars. Last song instrumental almost a bit Radiohead-ey. 3/5

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Sat May 22 2021
3

Didn't really like it at the beginning. Seemed ok, but just too garage-y. Low quality protection, mostly uninteresting songwriting. Things turned around later on in the album when it got more interesting. In particular, the last two songs and then the final instrumental track were really good. So a 2 for most of the album but then a 4 for the last three tracks.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
3

Not too bad! Pretty ordinary, definitely won't listen again.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Vocalist is giving me strong Nine Inch Nails vibes. Slow start too, this could be a nicely paced album.... Second song has a lot of energy behind it, just wish this albums mixing was better for a 'remastering' Lyrics to 'Be Sweet' got a chuckle out of me. This is a decent example of good songs without autotune in my opinion. Debonair has a nice little funky jive. Songs vocals show emotion, but they're not the nicest to listen to. But the instrumentals are soothing alongside them. Its not the most calming listen, but the lyrics and word play seem to carry the most. Secondly followed by the instrumentals, but the vocalists emotion gets the better of him on almost every song. I'd give this 3 stars.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Kind of boring, but not bad.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

3. Good energy to have on while working. I've kind of forgotten most of it here the next day, but I suppose there's nothing wrong with that.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

3/5

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

4/15

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Sun May 02 2021
3

its just kinda boring alt-rock

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Not memorable!

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Damn, this rips!

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Sat May 29 2021
3

No complaints, some I liked more than others.

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Sat May 22 2021
3

Vocals are easily the weakest part, cool guitar riffs Debonair, Fountain and Fairfax are my favorites

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Bright, airy, punk rock guitar over jam band drums. Like RHCP, Incubus, and Blink-182 had a baby.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

not bad. Not super my style but has gotten a few replays and will probably continue to do so.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Rockigt och mörkt, hemska texter om en destruktiv relation. Efter närmare efterforskning ser jag att albumet är en brytpunkt för bandet, då de tog sig från ett mer rockigare grunge-sound till att inkorporera mer soul- och R&B-influenser. I albumet har de hittat en bra balans mellan den högljudda grungen och något mer melodiöst. Ett solitt och bra album, som kanske tyvärr saknar någon riktig "wow"-faktor. Debonair, Now You Know och Fountain and Fairfax höjdpunkter av de mer rockiga spåren. Av de lugnare och balladigare sticker When We Two Parted och My Curse ut. Bästa låt: When We Two Parted, kanske.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

Funny when an album happens to hit your own mood.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

Don’t know what to make of this. It was listenable, angry sounding in places.2/3* ?

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Sun Aug 08 2021
3

Was musikalisch so schön datiert aber auch abwechslungsreich, gut produziert, stimmungsvoll festgeschraubt wurde, das wird dann mit diesem männlichen Katzenjammer wieder aus der Fassung gehauen. Hab ich mich über diesen einen von einer weiblichen Stimme begleiteten Song gefreut! Trotz allem 2.6

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

I've never heard of this band, though it's a genre I really like, and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot. Will definitely listened to this again. My only real complaint is than none of the songs on their own really stood out to me.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

I don't know this band. I really like the 90s alt-rock sound, love the use of the minor keys, some of the strong bass riffs remind me of the post punk and hardcore and math rock I listened to growing up (eg Estel, Fugazi) and the guitar sounds a bit like Interpol mixed with Mudhoney mixed with Placebo. Expansive. I really dislike the vocals, the singer's voice, its just so American, like if Chris Cornell or Layne Staley couldn't sing. Prefer it when heavily distorted, but the verses are kinda whiney. Reading the wiki blurb, I must say the idea of the album exploring "the dark psyche of the '90s male" is massive eye-roll, sounds very emo, self indulgent, those poor 90s males. Chorus melody of "Be Sweet" is really beautiful. Intro riff to "Debonair" reminds me of the Clash. And the guitar riffs of Warpaint. The singing in "When we two parted" is dire, so out of tune. Ditto for "I keep coming back". Like fully out of tune. I actually found phrases in almost all the songs that I loved, but equally did not find a song where I loved all of it. Its a shame, as I think if this was instrumental or a different singer it could be a 4/5 for me. But the singer drags it down a 3, and that feels generous. Second half of the album got quite same-y, much lower quality than the tracks at the top.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

i feel like i should have liked this more than i did. just got the feeling listening to this that dinosaur jr did it better.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
3

Was gonna give it a 2, but the last few tracks bump it up to a 3

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

Really quite good.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

some ok, some meh

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

I did enjoy it, but it seems like something that needs a few listens to really say anything more

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Sun Nov 28 2021
3

Similar to a lot of other album, not an incredibly big fan.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

toffe listen

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Didn't stand out too much to me. The album overall sounded pretty good, but it all sort of blended together. Still some great moments though. Favorite Songs: Debonair, My Curse, Brother Woodrow

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

I wish that I loved this album more than I did. I think I have the capacity to love it, but it just didn't click with me today. It was some great rock, but I either just wasn't in the mood or something was missing and I'm not sure what it was.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

It sure was music. Grungy, moody, Nirvana did it better.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

The music is the most interesting thing about this album. Though it is pretty typical 90s driving guitar, bass, and drums, the use of piano throughout and the new wave style bass lines help to open it up and lend a sense of expansiveness. Like a lot of other reviewers, the lyrics are by far my least favorite part. They come off as obsessive and faux edgy making it very difficult to sympathize with the singer. Overall, the album is fine and perfectly enjoyable. I just wish the lyrics were better.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

2/23/22

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Mon Feb 28 2022
3

Music's that's not too good, not too bad, and generally feels like it's going nowhere

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Genre: Alternative Rock 3/5 My feed the past week or so has been nothing but 90s alt-rock, and to be quite honest, it's fogging up every subsequent listen. The Afghan Whigs, a group no one has heard of, makes a competent rock record. Am I sure why this was included in this book? No. There is truly nothing signifying or different than its contemporaries. The angst, the heartbreak, and the emotion is felt, but the music never lifts any of these emotional concepts above a casual jaunt. The music plods a bit throughout, but there are beacons of light. Fountain and Fairfax kicks some ass, and the title track is also good, but everything here is fairly standard fare. It's certainly "an album".

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Decent, could possibly creep into a four star album on another day. At times these guys sounded like a more rough-and-tumble version of Television; or perhaps a more polite Stooges. The genuinely emotive vocals add welcome grit to the rather polished production. This is only a few primal howls short of true brilliance - but this record never quite overcomes its own innate good manners to reach this point.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Surprised on listening to this that I wasn't more into them at the time as it's a 90s sound I was definitely into back then. Probably deserves a repeat listen but initially I don't find it outstanding. Last track, an instrumental, possibly the best one for me. 3.5

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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

Didn’t really grab me. More dubiously portentous, gloomy dude-alt.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Unexpectedly emo 🖤

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Musically this album is fine, but Greg Dulli's vocals aren't doing it for me. I enjoyed Marcy Mays on "My Curse." This is a perfectly fine album of its genre/time, but not especially memorable. Fave Songs: My Curse, When We Two Parted, Fountain and Fairfax, Brother Woodrow

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Decent pick of Alt Rock that's occasionally generic, but with some bright spots here and there. Favourites: "Gentlemen", "Debonair", "Brother Woodrow"

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Sun May 01 2022
3

Okay album. Very 90s some good songs but nothing stood out for me.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

The music was good but the vocals were unimpressive. I've never heard of the band yet they are described as "one of the most critically acclaimed alternative bands of the early '90s"

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Quite enjoyed this. It seems pretty heavy lyrically, and it packs a punch musically too, but not at the expense of melody or craft. My Curse was an unexpected but welcome left-turn. The lead singer reminds me of a few other rock singers of the era but I can't think who any of them are. Trent Reznor maybe?

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

This is a record that grows on you. At first you don’t care much for it but as you listen the bands unique…’90s almost emo sound wins you over.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

A concept album of sorts about the toxic breakdown of a relationship. Self-lacerating, lashing out, and brutally frank, the influence of soul ballads (eg Dark End of the Street, as covered on the preceding Uptown Avondale) is apparent, although presented in a much noisier fashion. This is a lot more sophisticated than much of the contemporaneous grunge rock, but no less dark. Possibly more so. I listened to this a bit when it first came out, but stopped because the dark emotional weight made it hard to listen to. This is still one of the most harrowing albums about a romantic break-up and toxic masculinity ever recorded. It still packs a punch today. The album is well summed up by the line “It's in our heart, in our heads, in our love, and in our beds.”

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

Some really good tracks but I did find the vocals quite grating on occasion.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

This was a decent album that’s I’ve never heard of before. Felt like they were a more relaxed 90s alternative band without sounding too grungey. I liked the instrumentals. The guitarist was solid. The lyrics were ok and the singer was pretty decent. Nothing too bad about the album other than it was probably just too generic at points. 5.9/10

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

Had some highlights but overall was pretty mid. Didn’t really like the lead singer’s voice.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
3

Is background music. Wouldnt be bad to add to a shuffle but not interesting enough to go searching for

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Sun Jul 24 2022
3

Fine

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

man this is so emo

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

I'm mixed on this. On the one hand, I like the overall sound of this being rickety and unstable and it sets them apart. On the other, I mostly struggle to connect with the songwriting and getting used to Dulli's vocals is not easy. I think if I was more of a rock head I could slip into this easy, but for now only a few songs stand out for me.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

peak 90s alt sounds.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

An interesting album, which definitely sounds like 90's alternative with a slight bit of grunge mixed in. Guitar pedals to the rescue! Pretty good album overall.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Decent listen

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

I actually enjoyed the misery that was this album.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

A little hard to listen to at times.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

You have heard this 90s post grunge before

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

Good listen.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

3.5/5

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Some really cool sounds in here and I like the vibe - I just wished a liked the vocal delivery better

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Better than I expected from a band with probably one of the most pretentiously crap names in history. Dodgy cover though.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

A very 90s sounding light grunge feel. Never heard of them before but this isn't the worst

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Started off strong than petered out

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

One of my favorite album covers. There are definitely some good songs on here, though I wasn't into it for the whole album. I liked it quite a bit back in the day, though, but unlike Automatic for the People, I don't remember it very well. On some songs, I felt myself thinking Greg Dulli was a great singer, and then on the next song I would wonder how the hell this take made it to the master. The music often sounds great, and the lyrics are sometimes powerful and provocative, but at the end of the day, I kept wanting there to be more hooks. My daughter dug it, though, what few songs she heard. So it's got that going for it.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

I enjoyed this album. I was drawn in by the recurring theme of personal reckoning and the honesty of the lyrics, though I'd guess the narrator and everyone he consorts with are folks I'd rather not have in my life. Lots of scoundrels. The album was hovering somewhere between 3–4 for me, never quite reaching 4 as musically this didn't have enough diversity to surprise me after the third song. I also did not like the harmonies. I couldn't tell if it was the singer doing his own purposely awful harmonies or some other band member who shouldn't have gotten a microphone, but that was a bad arrangement/production choice. I don't care what the aesthetic. Boo. Never listened to the band before, though the name is familiar. Now I have.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Garage/Indie/Alt rock. I like the guitars. And maybe the cello (?). Afghan Whigs sound like somebody else. The name is on the tip of my tongue and I just can’t think of who it is. Although I know of the Afghan Whigs, I couldn’t name any songs or albums before today. I may have heard ‘Debonair’ before. It seems to me that the band was either in a movie playing themselves or was on some soundtrack in the early 90s. Reality Bites or Singles come to mind. I just looked it up and they did play as a band in some movie I didn’t see and they were on the soundtrack of the movie Beautiful Girls. I like the first few songs but the interesting instrumental parts start with Be Sweet. Be Sweet - Guitar reverb/feedback is cool When We Two Parted - guitar sounds. Is it a Wah wah pedal? Is this what it means to make a guitar weep? Or is it a cello? The line about the person who hurts you being the only one that can make them feel better is very psychopath-y. My Curse - is it a different singer? (I just looked it up and yes it is) I Keep Coming Back - the beginning has the same kind of vibe as ‘The Night We Met’ by Lord Huron I just genuinely liked it all. Found out that it is an album about the end of a relationship. According to Pitchfork, it’s ‘A harrowing song cycle chronicling the death throes of a relationship ‘. I will have to listen to it again knowing that - someday.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

I could never get into Afghan Whigs much but the music is objectively good. All their songs have a seedy LA vibe in a good way.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Heard it before?: no Enjoy it?: Yes, has a very soothing presence Favourite song: Track 3 - Be Sweet

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Been meaning to listen to more of The Afghan Whigs ever since Miles Iz Ded showed up on my discover weekly once. At some later point, I'd seen them labeled as Grunge, though I'm not sure I agree with that. They were a Sub-Pop band and so I'd always thought they were from the PNW, but it turns out they're a Cincy based band. Not sure why that matters. Solid 3. Standouts: Gentleman, Debonair, When We Two Parted, My Curse

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Pretty out there, good album

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

I've had a run of bands that I'd never heard of in the last two weeks. Some of them I've listened to several times as well as going for a dive into their catalogue. That won't be happening with The Afghan Whigs. The most interesting song is The Curse which features a guest vocalist. Dulli needs to try something other than yelling when he sings. There are some good sounds but album blurs into sameness because of Dulli's dullness.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Eh

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

Instrumentally, I really dig this - but the vocals (not just his voice but the actually melodies) are annoying. Music 5. Vocals 1. Avg = 3

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Wed Dec 16 2020
2

More of that 90s style music I just can't differentiate. Not bad, just bland.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
2

Bland

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Sat Jan 16 2021
2

A frustrated group makes a grunge album. That being said would listen to a couple songs again.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

This felt all over the place and I didn’t enjoy it.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

Really, really not a fan of this guy’s voice. The other elements don’t elevate the material beyond my distaste for the vocalist, either. 2/5 at best.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

Forgettable

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Fri May 07 2021
2

Meh,

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Sat Jan 16 2021
2

Mellow grunge. Pass.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

Instrumentation was kind of nice, but mostly just kind of boring and never did anything that interesting. Vocals were really grating to me.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Ei sytyttänyt. Oli sellainen fiilis, että haluaisin tykätä tästä ja että kohta tää lähtee lentoon, mutta sitä ei vaan koskaan tapahtanut. Nostatukset päättyi toistuvasti mahalaskuun.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Kaks ja puoli pyöristyy kahteen. Ei oikein mun mielestä esittänyt mitään erikoista mikä puolustaa paikkaa listalla.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

Lukewarm alt rock that never really grabbed me. First time hearing this band it's not a great first impression. Vocalist is probably the weakest point here, but the production is too clean so it always sounded like the band was pulling their punches. Coulda been way better, there's potential.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Ihan kelpo vaikkakin vähän piippuun jäi. Erityisesti Fountain and Fairfax oli mielenkiintoinen ja ärsyttävän tutun kuuloinen. Muitakin hyviä hetkiä levyllä oli, mutta kokonaisuudelle en kuitenkaan lämmennyt.

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Mon May 31 2021
2

Not for me maybe right now

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

Good alt rock but HORRENDOUS vocal melodies

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