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Unbreakable – Daily Camera

Box sets and hits collections make great gifts Most of the Afghan Whigs’ albums were such cinematic affairs — with beginnings, middles and ends — that it’s hard to imagine the band’s songs all scrambled up. Luckily, Greg Dulli and Co. manage to pull it off on this belated send-off, which stitches together 16 of their best tunes, plus a pair of songs newly recorded by the band’s final lineup. The Whigs always were at their best mining the dark alleys of the soul, wedding…

Unbreakable – Junk Media

Junkmedia – 5/5 Dark and decadent, Cincinnati’s Afghan Whigs were either your favorite band or something you found genuinely repellent. There was no middle ground. With songs that delved deep into the male psyche and came up screaming, the Whigs got under your skin— bad. Frontman Greg Dulli played up his role as smooth motherfucker with such gusto on tracks like “Debonair” and the “Be Sweet” (with its infamous “I got a dick for a brain” line) that casual listeners figured they had him pegged…

Unbreakable – St. Petersburg Times

Grade: A As leader of the terrifically lost, vastly unloved Afghan Whigs, singer-songwriter Greg Dulli mixed the howling self-hate of the grunge movement with the heart-sleeved hope of arena rockers. The Cincinnati-born band should have been bigger, but its emotionally disheveled leader expected this frustrated fate. There’s a bipolar beauty to Dulli’s songs, with soft moments often turning into vengeful screams. On the jarring “Be Sweet”, his pillow talk turns punk ugly… then pretty… then ugly again, as the singer just can’t get a handle…

Unbreakable – Louisville Courier-Journal

Whigged out By Jeffrey Lee Puckett 3.5 Stars Greg Dulli didn’t just wear his heart on his sleeve when leading the Afghan Whigs. He nailed it to his forearm with a railroad spike and then walked down the street, shoving it in stranger’s faces. He didn’t whine about his nail-driven heart, either; he was pissed off, and made sure you heard — and felt — every bloody detail. Cincinnati’s Afghan Whigs are considered by many one of the finest bands of the 1990s, and also…

Unbreakable – Music Emissions

Music Emissions Dennis Scanlan – 4.5 Stars How does one begin reviewing a compilation of a band that was so dear to one’s heart? That is the question as I sit with Unbreakable: A Retrospective of The Afghan Whigs playing on the headphones. I know what’s around every corner, I even anticipated correctly the two new recordings that Greg Dulli and gang recorded for this Rhino comp (“I’m A Soldier” and “Magazine”), which both are nice additions to the Whigs catalog. While there is no…

Unbreakable: The Star Online eCentral

The Star Online eCentral BARRING a dramatic reversal in fortune, Afghan Whigs are almost certainly going to go down in history as a bunch of also-rans. A group that made a number of good records and the odd, daring stylistic shift, but was neither experimental nor commercial enough to be truly memorable. Nonetheless, this career-spanning compilation boasts a shrewd mix of tunes that ought to appeal to the generation of rock fans (I’m talking about those of you who made the move from grunge to…

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”…

Unbreakable – Blogcritics

Blogcritics.org Nik Dirga The Afghan Whigs might be described as the “contenders” of 1990s rock. They had some hits in the grunge era, but their style was a little too idiosyncratic for them to rise to the top of the charts when every band with a gritty guitar solo was doing that. The Whigs still boast a fervent fan base – and six years after their breakup in 2001, a new collection, Unbreakable (A Retrospective 1990-2006) cherry-picks the best from five of their albums and…

Unbreakable – Allmusic

allmusic.com Unbreakable: A Retrospective by Andy Kellman Unbreakable’s track list looks much like a latter-day Afghan Whigs set list, albeit one without valiant attempts at covering the Rolling Stones or Stevie Wonder. Plenty enough is provided to ensure satisfaction, but like a Whigs live set, several songs are missing in action, lost to time constraints — and, of course, since there are no visuals, you’re not going to get the odd juxtaposition of pent-up Dulli-ites moshing to ballads involving devilishly delivered lines like “‘Cause she…

Unbreakable – PopMatters

The Afghan Whigs: Unbreakable (A Retrospective) – PopMatters Music Review 8/10 One of the best things about music is that one can always finding something new, even self-proclaimed music hacks who should know everything and anything about all bands. The Afghan Whigs were one of those groups that always seemed to get their just desserts among a few, while never truly getting the icing on the cake. But some people have been a bit late in hearing the message, including some writers who will go…

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