1965 – E! Online
Sounding upbeat and refreshed after an extended New Orleans hiatus, the Whigs return with one of the year’s best albums. Infused with some of the Crescent City’s legendary good-time atmosphere, 1965 overflows with optimistic melodies that temper their crisp rock edge. Many of the tunes (notably “Somethin’ Hot”) give off a slinky soul vibe that successfully integrates lead singer Greg Dulli’s rakish persona and the band’s tight, powerful grooves. There’s a heavy Stones influence here, most obvious with Dulli’s crooning on “John the Baptist,” but the real homage lies in the wickedly grooving jam that ensues. Always a band on the verge of mainstream success, the Whigs may have finally recorded the album to put them over the top.