1965 – Stylus

Stylus Magazine | Evan McGarvey On Second Thought For better or worse, we here at Stylus, in all of our autocratic consumer-crit greed, are slaves to timeliness. A record over six months old is often discarded, deemed too old for publication, a relic in the internet age. That’s why each week at Stylus, one writer takes a look at an album with the benefit of time. Whether it has been unjustly ignored, unfairly lauded, or misunderstood in some fundamental way, we aim with On Second…

1965 – Q

Mid-priced release for 1998 album from very manly Cincinnati outfit. Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli is the grunge superstar that never was. If US rock prized rugged sensuality over angst-ridden throat-shredding, their seventh album 1965 (named after the year Dulli was born) would have been widely recognised as a masterpiece. The band had always been vocal about their soul influences (their Uptown Avondale EP comprised soul covers), but this time they really began to come through in their own music. Displaying a rampant strain of…

1965 – Salon

Rock bands (or, more accurately, rock fans) are eternally curious as to what certain drugs sound like. The Velvet Underground probably nailed down the sound of speed on “White Light/White Heat.” Ten years of techno and countless raves have searched for the perfect ecstasy beat, and Spacemen 3 records might as well be distilled from poppies. So it was only a matter of time before Prozac started cruising through pop music’s veins.

1965 – CMJ

Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli has always walked a very thin line between pointed self-loathing and swaggering sexual pomp.

1965 – Wall of Sound

Rating: 81 Afghan Whigs lead singer Greg Dulli’s infatuation with soul music has never been much of a secret. His band has colored their bold rock sound with old school style since their debut, even doing a handful of Motown and Stax covers as an EP four years back. Never, though, has that passion come through so strongly as it does on 1965, the group’s most soulful endeavor yet.

1965 – Misc Clippings

A collection of press clippings originally published on the Afghan Whigs’ Columbia-era site.

1965 – Entertainment Weekly

A Whigs leader Greg Dulli remains a black-music ironist bar none. Merging cool- fire post-grunge into Puff Daddy quotes and symphonic blaxploitation sweep, he creates maximum premillennium tension. Yet he’s also one of rock’s finest lyricists: His noir vignettes read like a Jim Thompson novel, their erotic narratives expertly skewering the male psyche. “Whatever did happen to your soul?” he queries at the beginning of “Crazy”; its fascinating carcass, however, lies here for all to see. –Matt Diehl

1965 – MTV

The Afghan Whigs were supposed to be stars. The raucous Cincinnati band with the ’70s-soul obsession did the indie thing, earned the buzz and jumped to the majors with the awesome 1993 effort, Gentlemen, featuring the slithery single “Debonair.” Hugeness loomed around the corner, but Black Love, the solid, seamy, libido-powered jaunt that followed in 1996, failed to launch the band into the platinum stratosphere. So here we are, one commercial flop and about a million years away from the alt-indie-grunge revolution that initially spawned…

1965 – E! Online

Our Review: A- 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…

1965 – Launch

White rock has always referenced black street rhythms for much-needed grit and grease. Unfortunately, all that caucazoid guitar slingers not named the Beastie Boys seem able to glean from modern-day Afro-American culture are a singular hip-hop rhythm and ridiculously wide-legged trousers. Thank Jah for the return of Cincinnati’s Afghan Whigs, who’ve always had a much healthier pipeline into musical miscegenation.

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