The Afghan Whigs
1965


3.0
good

Review

by Chris Jackson USER (177 Reviews)
September 27th, 2005 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


The Afghan Whigs started out in 1988 and "1965" was there final album released in 1998. Afghan Whigs have put out six albums and I only own three. This is probably my third favorite AW album that I own, just behind Gentlemen and Congregation. The Afghan Whigs are a soul/rock band. "1965" is there jazziest and grooviest album that they have done. The Afghan Whigs started out as a garage rock band but then they started adding more sounds into there music and they came into a more rock/soul type of band.

Members - Greg Dulli
Steve Earle
Rick McCollum
John Curley

The Afghan Whigs play rock music and combine soul and jazz into there sound. Even though they add soul and jazz, it doesn't dominate the sound. Everything seems smooth and perfect in this album, the vocals are strong and emotional and the women backing vocals are tremendous. With some jazzy horns thrown in the mix you have great original music. When I first bought this album I will admit that I was a little bit bored, but after listening to this for a while it has really grown on me. AW can write songs with great emotional and make catchy yet complex songs blending in some different instruments. This album is dark and emotional, but at the same time it is original and catchy. The Afghan Whigs will be able to satisfy those who want catchy songs, and those who like darker music, or music with depth.

The vocals are a very strong point on the album. You could say that the vocals are sexy, or smooth. Another main part of the album is the backing vocals, they are sung by a women and they give the music a darker or meloncholy feel. I strongly dislike depressing music but I really enjoy this album, I'm not saying that this album is to depressing I'm just saying it's not really joyful and upbeat. The vocals create a gloomy feel and combining them with the jazzy instruments makes songs like "John The Baptist" and "Uptown Again" dark and catchy, The Afghan Whigs are just brilliant when they combine jazz/rock and very strong vocals.

Instrumentaly is also where "1965" strives. Having a good solid rock sound the Afghan Whigs mix in jazzy horns and dark hooks. The instruments make sort of a depressing or gloomy sound and the horns and backing vocals tie everything together to make great alt/rock music. The instruments also make the songs catchy, and while some are complex and dark others can be ultra catchy like "Crazy" and "Uptown Again" which is by far the best song off the album. The Afghan Whigs put out some great catchy songs combining dark lyrics and hooks to satisfy all listeners. Once again the music may sound dull and boring at first but once you start listening to the lyrics and all of the instruments then you will really start to enjoy this album.

Now even though this is a great album it does have its downsides. "Sweet Son Of A B!tch" is a 23 second lead in track to "66" which is another disspointing track. The problem with "66" is just that it is dull and doesn't go anywhere. The worst track on this album is "Omerta" which a very lengthy track and I just can't get into it. If you're not in the right mood for this album, then it simply doesn't work. Even though a lot of these songs are catchy if you don't want the dark and gloomy feel then you should stay away. The Afghan Whigs don't play useless pop songs, they have dark hooks and are fairly complex. This album isn't boring but sometimes when you listen to it you can't get into it, I don't know why this happens but for me I just can't listen to this in any point in time.

With the New Orleans jazz feel this album has the music isn't exactly jazz music. This album has a feel of jazz, soul, and rock. A piano even shows up in a few songs. If you're looking for something crazy the Afghan Whigs won't give you it, they stick to there sound and don't expand to far outside from what they do. I'm not saying they arn't inventive or unique they just don't jump from genre to genre, they pack rock, soul, and jazz into all of there songs. "1965" doesn't have an eerie sound to it, but there are dark and lyrics and melodies, Greg Dulli doesn't hold back which is what makes this album so much better. If you want something happy and upbeat then you shouldn't get this album because it is dark and even a bit depressing.

Overall I enjoy this album most of the time. I must warn you that some of these songs can get old rather quickly "66", "Omerta." "1965" features a load of standouts that just keep you coming back for more and more every time. Once you listen to the first three tracks there is no going back, they just suck you in with the vocals, and the jazzy New Orleans feel. I would recomend this album to someone who wants something with depth, and someone who wants some catchy songs on top of it. With dark lyrics, sexy vocals, jazzy instruments, and a great rock sound the Afghan Whigs really impressed me with "1965."

Overall rating : 4/5

Pros:
Vocals
Lyrics
Jazzy instruments
Good catchy songs with substance

Cons:
May bore some people
A few dull and uninspired tracks

Recomended Tracks:

"Crazy"
"Uptown Again"
"John the Baptist"
"The Vampire Lanois" (instrumental)



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Jawaharal
September 27th 2005


1832 Comments


yay for zebra! I like what I've heard from this album. Though it doesn't sound like it would compare to gentlemen or black loveThis Message Edited On 09.27.05

Zebra
Moderator
September 28th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^^^ Thanks for the comment.

I'm sort of shocked...I thought that there would be more AW fans.

I actually think that this album is superier to Black Love and almost as good as Gentlemen.

Med57
Moderator
September 28th 2005


1001 Comments


This album is OK, but it doesn't bear up to either Black Love or Gentlemen in my opinion. Nice review though.

Zebra
Moderator
September 28th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A lot of people don't think that it matches up with Black Love and Gentlemen, but it is still a good album. Maybe I just favor 1965 a little bit more than I should is because this introduced me to the band.

Zebra
Moderator
September 28th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sorry for the double post but does anyone know where you can get there first album because I have been searching for it and I cannot find it. This Message Edited On 09.28.05

Jawaharal
September 28th 2005


1832 Comments


tower records is where I got my copy. Or go to a good indie store

Zesty Mordant
September 29th 2005


1196 Comments


The only song I've heard from this is "Somethin' Hot" and its pretty sweet.

good review too.

Zebra
Moderator
September 29th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If you liked "Somethin' Hot" then you will probably enjoy the rest of the album.

Iai
Emeritus
September 30th 2005


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'Scuse me, scuse me. Fanboy coming through.

Though, this is my least favourite Whigs record. I pretty much agree with everything else you say, mind.

"66" sounds like The Backstreet Boys, I swear.

Yotimi
October 29th 2012


6551 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what a terrible old staff review

Digging: Sand Circles - Motor City

jefflebowski
December 19th 2012


8257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

underrated album, somethin' hot is an incredible song

jefflebowski
February 8th 2013


8257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i reiterate the awesomeness of this, my favourite whigs



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