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  • Artist(s): Greg Dulli, Steve Earle, John Curley, Rick McCollum
  • Summary: The deluxe reissue of the 1993 major label debut release from the alternative rock band led by Greg Dulli includes unreleased demos, rare b-sides and live tracks.
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  1. 100
    Twenty-one years later, Gentlemen remains as much an outlier as ever due to its unlikely fusion of sounds and uncompromising view that breakups are as much about anger and resentment as wallowing and pining. Listen to Gentlemen again, and you’ll find it’s all still “in our heart, in our heads, in our love, and in our beds.”
  2. Kerrang!
    Dec 10, 2014
    100
    The bonus material could've included more B-sides and fewer half-formed demos, but that's a niggle: the 28 tracks here still sound fantastic. [25 Oct 2014, p.54]
  3. Jan 21, 2015
    100
    The demos themselves, while manna for nerds like oneself, are for the most part hardly revelatory.... a singular album in both intent and execution, and the most satisfying expression of Dulli's dark, dark heart. The grunge era's answer to Millie Jackson's Caught Up, it remains a triumph, an album whose impact is no less powerfully felt 21 years on.
  4. Magnet
    Dec 10, 2014
    90
    Gentlemen could be the best album of the alternative era, and the new deluxe double-disc reissue loaded with demos, b-sides and rarities just confirms out opinion. [No. 116, p.53]
  5. Dec 10, 2014
    87
    The sequencing shapes the album beautifully, creating a sense of emotional fatigue while only hinting vaguely at redemption. Thematically, however, that cycle implies a romantic fatalism, as though every relationship is doomed to end painfully. That’s what makes Gentlemen at 21 such a compelling and necessary reissue, even if the album has never been terribly hard to find.
  6. 80
    Taken altogether, this two-disc reissue (or three if you’re after the full-fat triple-vinyl version), is a fine and thorough history lesson from The Afghan Whigs curriculum.
  7. Dec 18, 2014
    80
    It’s a sumptuous package of an excellent album that’s made even more essential by the gorgeous packaging of the very limited triple-vinyl edition.

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