Gentlemen, the Afghan Whigs' pinnacle record, remains one of the most solid albums of the `90s. The quartet is in high form, almost flawlessly, and produces a collection of songs that stir, shock, calm, and amaze from start to finish.
I could rant and rave, but I won't. I'll point out some of the best tracks, though...
"If I Were Going" is a great opening tune, building up to a emotional high-point before launching into the next track, the powerful title track. "Be Sweet" is a signature Whigs song, moving from sublime verse to blistering chorus, all with a slight R&B sock to the jaw. "What Jail is Like" is mind-blowing (with a great feedback/piano combo), and "My Curse" (with Scrawl's Marcy Mays on vocals) is raw enough to crack the CD case. Finally, the cover of Tyrone Davis' "I Keep Coming Back" is simply stunning.
Are there any downsides? A few, but their so unnoticable that it really won't matter. For some reason, the closing instrumental doesn't send the album out well (even though it's a fine song as is). This minor error is quickly forgotten, though, by the everything else that's done well on the album.
If you want to own one of the most underrated, amazing records of the past decade, pick this up. You won't be disappointed.