buy the afghan whigs in spades

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New Album: In Spades

A Stich in Time – Austin 360
3 Stars

This is exactly why God invented the EP. Five songs, 23 minutes, a quick hit glimpse into the mind and id of lead Singer Greg Dulli. He’s always had good taste in both cover songs (consult various Afghan Whigs live bootlegs for evidence) and pals (his whole discography is filled with well-selected guests). Longtime on-and-off collaborator Mark Lanegan — he of the baritone even more whiskey-soaked than Dulli’s croon — takes lead vocals on the slow-burn bedroom rock cover of Massive Attack’s “Live With Me.” (One longs for the “Gutter Twins” collaboration album that these two rakes swear exists.) Lanegan also sings on the soundtracky “Flashback,” while Joseph Arthur contributes to the outstanding “Sublime.”

Whigs geeks will geek out over the amazing “They Ride,” co-written by Whigs guitarist Rick McCollum, one of the most egregiously underrated players of the ’90s. This feels like a glimpse into the albums the Whigs never made, into a world where the career finale “1965” was a horn-soaked experiment in style rather than a dissolution. But in fairness, if the Singers keep knocking it out of the park like this, Dulli fans need never suffer.

— Joe Gross

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