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Do to the Beast is a “comeback” album from some original members of the Afghan Whigs—leader Greg Dulli and bassist John Curley. Original guitarist Rick McCollum didn’t make the return, nor did longtime drummer Steve Earle, so it’s arguable just how much of a reunion this is; McCollum’s guitars were what distinguished Dulli’s work with the Whigs from everything that came after. Do to the Beast sounds as much like the Whigs as it does Dulli’s work as The Twilight Singers. Labels and names aside, Dulli’s music tends to center on nocturnal sounds where nothing is ever resolved; his challenging voice waivers with the wind, high on emotion and short on precise melodies. It’s a sound that listeners either embrace or reject; he's never likely to break past the hardcore cult fans who love him for his epic dreams. An extensive list of guests accompany the current Whigs lineup and do their usual expert job at turning songs like “Parked Outside,” “Matamoros,” and “I Am Fire” into dramatic anthems that make palms sweat and throats dry. 

Customer Reviews


It sounds like they never left. The songcraft is perfect. Dark, and moody, just as I remember it. This some of Greg's songwriting ever. And that is saying a lot as I have also followed Twilight Singers, Gutter Twins and his sollo work. This is a truly triumphant return. It's so great to not get the "half-assed" comeback so prevelant in today's music industry. It's a truly amazing record. If you were a fan, there is no way you won't be amazed as well. Highly recommended. This and the last Queens of the Stone Age records show that rock is indeed still alive.

Zingers for everyone...

Algiers is arguably one of the best tunes I have heard in my entire life….dark, sexy, driven….right through the soul. Unreal...

Instant Classic

Whether or not you like Algiers, the first single, this album has so much more to offer. Once again, the closer, These Sticks, is the perfect ending to an already great listening experience. I wasn't instantly sold on the opener but everything changed thereafter. Pure bliss and worth the wait.


Formed: 1986 in Cincinnati, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Evolving from a garage punk band in the vein of the Replacements, Dinosaur Jr., and Mudhoney to a literate, pretentious, soul-inflected post-punk quartet, the Afghan Whigs were one of the most critically acclaimed alternative bands of the early '90s. Although the band never broke into the mainstream, it developed a dedicated cult following, primarily because of lead singer/songwriter Greg Dulli's tortured, angst-ridden tales of broken relationships and self-loathing. The Afghan Whigs were one of...
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