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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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GENTLEMEN is a rare thing in rock music, a "concept album" so personal and painful that listening to it gives the impression of being privy to something that should never have been made public. Greg Dulli's lyrics about male inadequacies and overcompensation ring with uncontainable self-hatred and loathing. The shifting of emotions--from the brittle and internal to the brutal and external--forms the basis for the stagnancy and decay of the male/female relationships describedhere. Opening with a claustrophobic swirl, "If I Were Going" sets the mood, a warm bassline picking at the scabs of Dulli's cracked intonation ("It's all a lie, it's nearly dead, it's in our hope, baby, it's in our bed"). Taking cues from blues, soul, and rock, the Whigs crank out a hybrid 'alternative' sound borne on the scorching guitars of Rick McCollum.After the summation of "Bit into a rotten one now, didn't you?" ("Now You Know") and "I Keep Coming Back," a cover of the Tyrone Davies soul classic, the instrumental "Brother Woodrow/Closing Prayer" adds violin and piano to the mix, finally offering a reprieve from the Whigs' poisonous psychic exorcism. Though not a record to listen to often, GENTLEMEN is a stunning achievement.

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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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First, let's consider the album cover itself. Click the little album, blow it up. There you go. In the foreground, a young shirtless boy can't maintain eye contact with either you, the viewer, or the reclining girl on the bed. There's sadness in his eyes. There's a sullen tension in his face. The boy and girl appear to be about 10.
Why does any of that matter? Well, the picture tells the story of the man, Greg Dulli, and his (former) band, The Afghan Whigs. The songs on Gentlemen aren't about Gentlemen; they're about men and women who hurt each other and long for each other and for the hurt that the other will inflict. Lyrically, this is strong stuff.
The music serves the lyrics. Angry guitars with more funk than Nirvana and more crooning than Pearl Jam. The Afghan Whigs were never able to break into the mainstream, but came closest on this, their major label release.
Dulli's songwriting lashes out at others as well as himself. The album's major themes are self-loathing, emotionally destructive relationships, and any other unpleasant feelings that Greg Dulli happened to have while he had a pen in his hand.
I give it 4 stars because it's the Whigs best album. I listened to it a lot when it came out, but it hasn't been in the CD player for a while. I only give 5 stars for life changing albums, and not many people would want to change their lives for Greg's circa 1993.
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Full of self-loathing, emotional torment, and dirty schoolboy smirks, the Whigs first major label release plays through without a disappointing track. "Gentlemen" stands tall as one of the best records of the 1990's, exemplifying brilliant songwriting, honestly sung often disturbing lyrics, and a musical layout which successfully blends gritty rock with intensely heartfelt blues and R&B. This is the Whigs at their most accessible and Greg Dulli at his most vulnerable. Just listen to the raw conviction with which he chokes out lyrics, covering up his impurities with sweet nothings and beautifully whispered lies. Each of the eleven tracks plays into the full range of Dulli's demons and personas: the unconscionable monster, the assasin, the tormented inmate, and the little boy. All are played perfectly, some seriously, some tongue-in-cheek, urging our own confrontation with the monster in all our beds. It's locked it's jaws and now it's swallowing
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