Unbreakable – Chord Magazine

4/5 Chord Magazine

If you missed the Afghan Whigs in the ’90s, now is the time to discover them. Produced by bandleader/singer/guitarist Greg Dulli and bassist John Curley, Unbreakable marries 16 songs from the Whigs’ impressive catalog with two new songs recorded in 2006 with guitarist Rick McCollum and 1965-era drummer Michael Horrigan. Written shortly before the band’s 2001 split, “Magazine” easily could have been found on the Twilight Singers’ mellow lounge debut. “I’m a Solider” is soulful and chorus-driven like much of the Whigs’ 1998 swan song, 1965, and finds Dulli sharing vocal duties with Susan Marshall, who contributed to that album’s “Uptown Again” and “John the Baptist” (both are included). Compiling tracks for an album-oriented group with an ardent fanbase is no easy task, but this CD covers most of the singles and creative high points of a band that came close but never quite made it – by major label standards, anyway. The legacy preserved here is proof of another kind of success: a lifetime of expressive music; Dulli’s frank, relatable words; and incomparable, unforgettable songs cherished by fans for generations. The exclusion of a companion DVD with concert highlights and a music video archive is the only real oversight.
-Natasha Padilla

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