Half Notes: The Afghan Whigs – Unbreakable: A Retrospective 1990-2006 (2007)

As the title suggests, it’s a best-of for this critically adored soul-punk act, and probably a good place for all of us to start. Myself, I had “66” and like it a lot, but I’d really fallen for lead Greg Dulli’s new band the Twilight Singers by the time this retrospective arrived. The Twilight Singers sounded a lot like the Whigs, but seemed to stretch the boundaries just a bit more than his original band did. If you’re easily offended, it should be noted, this is not the band for you. Dulli’s got a pretty twisted lyrical bent in his music, but the music is oh, so good.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson has contributed to Blogcritics, and maintained a series of stand-alone sites including Known Johnson, Everything is a Mess and others. He studied both creative writing and then studio art at Arizona State. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.