Do to the Beast

The Afghan Whigs - Do to the Beast
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2014 Ratings: #363 / 845
User Score
Based on 56 ratings
2014 Ratings: #205
April 14, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

Do To The Beast leaves you emotionally wrought.  Where Dulli had previously played the sleaze we reveled in living vicariously through, here he has us choking back tears for him, the violent aggressor.

80
The Skinny

Do to the Beast blows the dust off 16 years with a swaggering barroom rocker and Greg Dulli’s clear statement of intent: “If they’ve seen it all, show ‘em something new.”

80
musicOMH

Dulli is a man still capable of the best in sweat-soaked R&B flavoured rock ‘n’ roll, but he now has a range of subtler, more graceful manoeuvres too.

80
Drowned in Sound

Do to the Beast manages to be at once more varied in style and more consistent in quality than any of its predecessors.

80
PopMatters

The Afghan Whigs’ already-blurred sense of the past makes Do to the Beast a rare ‘90s reunion album that serves as a continuation of a timeless sound instead of a throwback.

80
NME

Lush, passionate and stinking of a crime scene strewn with body parts, 'Do To The Beast' harks gloriously back to 1993’s 'Gentlemen' and 1996’s 'Black Love' but adds flutters of electronica and folk. A brutal and beauteous slither from the grave.

80
Spin

Lead vocalist/head louche Greg Dulli's dark obsessions and predatory narrators manage to sound as erotically entrancing as he pushes 50 as they did when he was courting 25, aging gracefully like a snifter of peaty scotch rather than a cup of flat beer.

80
American Songwriter

Do To The Beast is nowhere near as tortured as the band’s masterpiece, 1993’s Gentlemen. But it’s still comfortable in the shadows, and for that matter, kicking up a good bit of noise.

70
Exclaim!

The record is just playing true to form for the veterans, proving that the beast is back with teeth bared and a few more tricks up its hairy sleeves.

VinylHound83
75
Parked Outside - 9/10
Matamoros - 7/10
It Kills - 8/10
Algiers - 9/10
Lost in the Woods - 7/10
The Lottery - 6/10
Can Rova - 6/10
Royal Cream - 7/10
I Am Fire - 8/10
These Sticks - 8/10

Overall Rating: 75 out of 100 = 75%
Kokolores
80
Greg Dullis voice is somehow extraordinary. The songs are a powerfull mixture of grunge rock, soul, independent rock spiced with the bitter-sweet melancholy that can be found in the depth of every heart. The album gets better with every time you here it.
HereIsNoWhy
62
A bland comeback.

(Only) Best track: Matamoros
snarekickblues
82
Best Track: It Kills, Algiers, or I Am Fire
Worst Track: Lost In The Woods
Most Overrated Track: The Lottery
Most Underrated Track: These Sticks
tha138
71
The return of the sinner who still dares to match the heart with the soul.
Always a pleasant surprise.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#8/The Skinny
#25/MAGNET
#33/PopMatters
#39/SPIN
#61/Uncut

Track List

  1. Parked Outside
  2. Matamoros
  3. It Kills
  4. Algiers
  5. Lost in the Woods
  6. The Lottery
  7. Can Rova
  8. Royal Cream
  9. I Am Fire
  10. These Sticks
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