Do To the Beast - The Afghan Whigs
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  • Summary: The seventh full-length release for the Cincinnati alternative rock band led by Greg Dulli is its first album of new material since 1998's 1965.
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 90
    It may not be the best album this year and it certainly won’t be one of the most influential or contemporary--there are slews of reviews here for those well-deserved albums--but it may rank among the most important.
  2. 80
    Do To The Beast is nowhere near as tortured as the band’s masterpiece, 1993’s Gentlemen. But it’s still comfortable in the shadows, and for that matter, kicking up a good bit of noise.
  3. Apr 23, 2014
    80
    The deep soulfulness that always set The Afghan Whigs apart from the pack was no mirage, and on Do To The Beast, it has matured with grace and power. [May 2014, p.86]
  4. Apr 16, 2014
    72
    Longtime fans will relish the return as Greg Dulli’s voice--full of longing, sex and anger--has never sounded better; new listeners will marvel at the drama that was so prevalent in bands from the ’90s, and that can be so lacking now.
  5. Apr 11, 2014
    70
    The Afghan Whigs remain a high stakes band, conducting business not with a eye on self-preservation, but in the heat of the moment. [May 2014, p.72]
  6. Apr 15, 2014
    60
    At just 10 songs Do To The Beast is concise and enjoyable, but doesn’t have the cohesive energy and poetry of its predecessor.
  7. Apr 15, 2014
    50
    The least boring band in the world awoke from its slumber just to deliver a snoozer.

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  1. Apr 15, 2014
    10
    http://bit.ly/1qqUhPV Never has an album in recent memory blown me away with it's uniqueness, songs, and instrumentation as much as Do To The Beast did. Greg Dulli and the gang are back with their third masterpiece. This album matches the quality of 1965 and Gentleman easily, but then it does so much more. I can definitely say that this is best Afghan Whigs album and best album of 2014 so far. Expand