Mission Control - The Whigs
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  • Summary: This is the sophomore album for the indie rock band from Athens, Georgia.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Unabashedly hook-filled, the album will leave you aching to see this group live. [25 Jan 2008, p.70]
  2. The Whigs are from Athens, Ga., and like Kings of Leon and My Morning Jacket, they give what they’ve learned from indie-rock a distinctly Southern stamp: a drawl in the vocals, twang and resonance in the guitars, a sense of continuity with the past..
  3. A noisy fun house bouncing around Nirvana, the Replacements, and Guided by Voices, the Whigs' sophomore slam is just as likely to push you up against a wall as whisper pillow talk.
  4. 70
    The Whigs occassionally hit on moments of poignancy, but most of their time is spent reinventing the classic-rock wheel in a rather self-aware fashion. [Winter 2008, p.114]
  5. With drums drained of nuance and guitars always overpowering, the basic song structures sound formulaic. The few songs with radical differences stand out as models of power-pop craft:
  6. 60
    This successor improves, sonically (recording in a studio with a producer will do that) and in its energy and sharp writing.
  7. For people who enjoy overly polished, sub-par bar bands. [Winter 2008, p.89]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. DanielC.
    Jan 28, 2008
    This one is no doubt a breath of fresh air given the current state of rock. I urge you to go pick this one up today. The Whigs are also an awesome live band. Recommended tracks: "Like a Vibration," "Hot Bed," "Right Hand on My Heart," "Already Young," and "I Got Ideas." Expand
  2. KK
    Jan 30, 2008
    Not as consistently good as their debut album ("Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip"), but still impressively edgy for a sophomore output. Drum line still leads the band forward, with Parker's impressively fluid screams providing flamboyance. Expand
  3. J.H.
    Jan 29, 2008
    hey great name for your band even though the AFGHAN WHIGS used it 20 years ago. Yeah let me start a band called Zeppelin (no Led) and see how that works out or how about Pumpkins (no Smashing). Expand