The Afghan Whigs
The Afghan Whigs continue to fill the air with their hypnotic and melodically satisfying music as they release their eighth album since 1988 (if you don’t include their two re-releases, a cover album, and their retrospective album).
After their breakup in 2001, with the exception of front man Greg Dulli and bassist John Curley, the band restructured with all new members. The now reformed band consists of front man, Greg Dulli; bassist, John Curley; strings and producer/engineer, Rick G. Nelson; guitarists, Dave Rosser and Jon Skibic; and drummer, Patrick Keeler.
In Spades, the follow up to their 2014 comeback release Do to the Beast, is a bit of a ride to say the least. With every track giving you something new and satiating, the album leaves little to be desired. Mixing smooth R&B sound with powerful rock tones, In Spades nicely juxtaposes a seductive darkness with melodic beauty. When beheld within the context of past albums, you can really feel a maturity in the music. The album also has a very well-rounded sound that balances the eerie, sombre themes with the energetic and hypnotic ones. In “Arabian Heights” we’re treated to a driven, up-tempo eeriness with creative, cerebral lyrics, while the layers of strings in “Oriole” are intoxicating and suit the almost plea-like theme of the song in a very poetic way.
It’s always good to see a band that has been around this long continue to pump out music that can show you not only that they still have it, but that they can improve upon it. In Spades offers a familiar yet novel feel that is sure to satisfy long-time fans as well as draw in new ones. I definitely recommend giving it a listen.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: THE AFGHAN WHIGS – IN SPADES