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
    10
    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 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
    9
    Not as consistently good as their debut album ("Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip"), but still impressively edgy for a sophomore output. Drum 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
    1
    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 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