Unbreakable – San Francisco Chronicle
If the Afghan Whigs released their first album this year instead of at the tail end of the ’80s, they’d be band of the year among a post-everything demographic looking for something borrowed and something blue. Singer Greg Dulli and company were soulful in a time of anguish; wearing suits in a flannel era. They never stood a chance. But hear them now, on this 18-song retrospective harvesting songs from all aspects of their career, along with two new slow-jamming, indie-rock-tinged tracks, “I’m a Soldier” and “Magazine” (an unreleased demo polished for the occasion). The old favorites are mostly all here: “Retarded,” with its grungy funk; “Gentlemen,” with its self-loathing drawl; “Be Sweet,” with its bitter leer; “and “Crime Scene, Part One.” It makes you want to cry. Come back to the five and dime, Afghan Whigs. We could use a serious soul infusion right about now.
— Neva Chonin