- Audio CD (Oct. 12 1993)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Elektra Entertain.
- ASIN: B000002HD5
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
|1. If I Were Going|
|3. Be Sweet|
|5. When We Two Parted|
|6. Fountain And Fairfax|
|7. What Jail Is Like|
|8. My Curse|
|9. Now You Know|
|10. I Keep Coming Back|
|11. Brother Woodrow/Closing Prayer|
I think the main thing that made the Whigs so unique and compelling was the shuffling of the traditional instrumental roles for a rock band. The bass often flies around wherever it pleases with apparent disregard for the demands of the song. It takes more of a lead guitar role, sometimes even going against the grain of the music with atonal melodies. The guitars and keys therefore have to compensate by sticking tight with the rhythm. But they don't just stick to it, they embrace it, often with repetitive but piercing hooks that leave an ache in your heart. The drums are brilliant and complex, and Greg Dulli's voice is like a rusty knife. He can't really sing but somehow this only adds to what the music is conveying: the darker corners of Greg Dulli's life.
Gentlemen is the apex of the Afghan Whigs output, and it stands as one of my all time favorites. It's quite possibly the darkest most moving cd in my collection. Unfortunately, although the Afghan Whigs produced many albums, none but this one is consistently good. If you really like Gentlemen though, there are some gems here in there amongst their other material.
"Gentleman" is one of those few albums that really comes alive if you listen to it from beginning to end, as you find some tracks lead into one another. One could elaborate on each track individually but in this reviewers opinion, each track is a part of one brilliant, cohesive whole.
I struggle for words when it comes to describing the Whigs own unique style of music. There's blues, jazz, soul and rock roots in almost every chord... it all adds up to one incredible musical experience led by Greg Dulli's rough, passionate vocals. It's just simply The Whigs; there are no other bands whose sound is comparable.
Buy this album while you still can -- it's worth every penny.
This came out nearly 10 years ago during my first year of college. Read more