Did I mention that the new Afghan Whigs album came out last Friday? I pre-ordered it and, aside from hearing the three tracks shared by the Whigs prior to its release, I managed to avoid the album stream until I got my hands on the LP. It arrived Monday, so I had a bit of catching up to do.
I’ve listened to this thing a few times (I’ve taken advantage of the digital download post-haste and it’s been the sole soundtrack to my commute the last few days) and it’s a darker record than 2014’s Do To The Beast. I’m still wrapping my head around it, but it’s a pretty incredible piece of work. Hearing the three tracks within the context of the album really brought something quite powerful to the tracks that I didn’t appreciate. I can’t quite explain it, but I know you know what I mean.
The whole thing is wonderful, though. From the artwork right to the sequencing (spot on and brings out the best in each track). It’s short too; weighing in at 10 tracks and 36 minutes. The shortest Afghan Whigs album to date.
Dulli & Co. have made something special.
I dare say I’ll write about this properly, but this is an album of the year contender for sure.