- Audio CD (Oct. 18 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
- ASIN: B00000DFRU
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
|1. Somethin' Hot|
|3. Uptown Again|
|4. Sweet Son Of A Bitch|
|6. Cito Soleil|
|7. John the Baptist|
|8. The Slide Song|
|11. The Vampire Lanois|
"1965" (11 tracks, 41 min.) finds Greg Dulli writing darker songs than ever, with great result. Recorded in New Orleans, it broods. The sound is opened up, with some horns (quite a change from the grunge sound of "Up in It" and "Congregation"). Somehow it all just mixes beautifully. There's really not a single bad song on the album, but if forced to select some highlights, my fave tracks include "Crazy", "Uptown Again" (a reference to "Uptown Avondale"?), "Neglekted" (no, not a typo), and the instrumental "The Vampire Lanois".
"1965" found zero commercial success, regretfully. It doesn't diminish from the album's greatness. And while we're at it, isn't it time for a Whigs' box-set treatment? The Whigs disbanded in 2001, and Greg Dulli has found new life with the Twilight Singers. Check out their excellent 2003 album "Blackberry Belle", in spirit an excellent follow-up to "1965".
but i got over it. this iteration of the whigs is more what-you-see-is-what-you-get. you don't have the complex beauty of "black love", or the intensity of "gentlemen." there's not a lot of subtlety here. this one's all visceral fun.
The Stones comparisons are fully justified, as every one of these songs drips with the kind of sex, drugs, and 200-proof ego that Mick and Keith defined in their day. A great mid-party record.
(Sidenote: If I'm reading it right, "John the Baptist" is the most chilling [and, of course, catchy] song ever written about the weird sexual dynamics of a fundamentalist marriage. Dulli's voice drips with guilt and repression, but he still pulls off lines like "I got the devil in me" with irressistible danceability. Worth picking this album up just for this soon-to-be classic.)