The Afghan Whigs - 'Do To The Beast'

Grunge screamer Greg Dulli ends 13-year hiatus and reunites Afghan Whigs

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  • Release Date 14 Apr, 2014
  • Record Label Sub Pop
8 / 10
Hey, mimsy buttoned-up slick-haired Sam Smith-alikes - call that soul? This is soul. Grunge's original noir screamer Greg Dulli is back from his 13-year dabbling with The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins, back with (most of) Cincinnati’s original Afghan Whigs, back on Sub Pop and back on the trail of plaid-clad serial killers. 'Matamoros' – string-smattered, slinky, slaughterous – is about a Mexican town plagued by Satanic murders (''I cut you down, I stitch you up''), while 'It Kills' and 'These Sticks' are revenge fantasies that pepper Dulli's seditious croaks with Al Green whoops. Lush, passionate and stinking of a crime scene strewn with body parts, 'Do To The Beast' harks gloriously back to 1993’s 'Gentlemen' and 1996’s 'Black Love' but adds flutters of electronica and folk. A brutal and beauteous slither from the grave.

Mark Beaumont

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