Do To the Beast

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Apr 15, 2014
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Apr 14, 2014
    60
    The final product is intelligent and often fascinating, but it doesn't deliver like the Afghan Whigs do at their best, and ultimately comes off as a brave but somewhat unsatisfying experiment.
  2. Apr 14, 2014
    60
    The Whigs seem only capable of reclaiming their turf in fits and starts.
  3. 58
    This reinvented band reflects Dulli circa 2014, and this record sparks fresh intrigue but sadly never quite rekindles what made the Whigs so unique in the first place.
  4. 58
    It still sounds like The Afghan Whigs, but it sounds more like re-workings of b-sides that may have shined in the sun of another decade.
  5. 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.
  6. May 2, 2014
    60
    The stylishly sleazy intensity is still there on their first record since 1998's excellent 1965, only with a wider palette.
  7. Apr 15, 2014
    50
    The least boring band in the world awoke from its slumber just to deliver a snoozer.
  8. 60
    While his obsession is sincere, the oppressive weight of the arrangements, freighted with heavy rock guitars and declamatory drums, occasionally fattened by dramatic strings, makes them hard to engage with on a personal level.
  9. Apr 14, 2014
    60
    Dulli's throat is not quite what it was when he sang "I'm not the man my actions would suggest" on 1993's Debonair (but the jury is out on whether he's affecting strain or really straining). The outro, These Sticks, is a ballad whose chord progressions and textures wander far too close to Radiohead. Stick around, though, and the Whigs' stately menace wins out over the peculiar parallels.
  10. May 6, 2014
    60
    Ultimately Do to the Beast lacks that gritty, seedy bite that defined The Afghan Whigs' greatest moments.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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 Thehttp://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. Full Review »