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Gentlemen Import

4.9 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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  • 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 48 customer reviews
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1. If I Were Going
2. Gentlemen
3. Be Sweet
4. Debonair
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

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Format: Audio CD
The Whigs are one of those groups that takes some getting used to. At least they did for me. The music is so unlike the other stuff that finds its way into the mainstream. Not that this group ever really did. The title track on this album did peak its head into the mainstream for a short time, and then the Afghan Whigs sunk back into obscurity, sadly. It makes sense when you think about it. The Whigs lacked a lot of the traits that make for superstardom, great singing, catchy hooks, and simple chord progressions over 4/4 beats, to name a few.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
Ten years after it's release date, I come back to the album "Gentleman" by the Afghan Whigs and I'm amazed all over again. The Whigs have blazed their own musical path and make absolutely no apologies to those left behind. It's a rip-roaring ride through the world of Greg Dulli (singer/songwriter), leaving me breathless from start to finish. To this day the album sounds as crisp and fresh as the day it was released; the term "timeless" doesn't do it justice.
"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.
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The preceding 'Uptown Avondale' ep was the clue. A Holland-Dozier-Holland cover and 'Band Of Gold' slowed down to a grunge-soul classic. This album was the fruition of that direction. With the added angst of being an album about 'love'. Lost love, failed love and love tearing itself -and the combatants- apart. Emotional destruction.
Which works perfectly.
The background to the opener 'If I Were Going' moves along subtly as Greg Dulli croons "It's all a lie/It's nearly dead/It's in our hope, baby/It's in our bed..." before you hit the explosion of the title track itself : that false-start drum intro and then those swirling harsh guitars leading into the furious riffing behind Dulli's half-croon half-snarl. "I'm a gentleman..." he sneers.
This is an album of recriminations. Songs of love can so easily become embroiled in cliche but the tale Dulli wants to tell is shot through with bitterness, longing, lust, loss, what we think of as love together with a hatred bordering on misogyny. Maybe. Things are never quite that simple. What is conveyed perfectly is how when things go wrong in love we're all just a mass of fluctuating and changing emotions. A mass of contradictions.
'Be Sweet' sees the familiar story of the protagonist seeking consolation elsewhere. The initial chiming, resounding guitars lead to a controlled thrash. Musical schizophrenia. Quiet then loud. The woozy guitar at the end as Dulli sweetly serenades, "Be sweet, be sweet..." set this song up as one of the album's highlights.
The scratchy guitars and handclaps of 'Debonair' lead into the songs contradictory heart of vulnerability ("So now I go to Hell/For what I done to you...") and rancour (the outright threat of "Someone's going down..."). All is contradiction. And it all makes sense.
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Format: Audio CD
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.
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