The Afghan Whigs - In Spades
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2017 Ratings: #232 / 831
User Score
Based on 79 ratings
2017 Ratings: #410
May 5, 2017 / Release Date
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The Line of Best Fit

In Spades sees Greg Dulli synthesizing all of his musical and thematic elements seemingly into everything he’s ever wanted.

Drowned in Sound

This is the best thing Dulli has put his name to since Blackberry Belle.

The 405

Despite the familiar elements its sound is built from, what's especially impressive about In Spades, is how it doesn't really sound like anything the band has done before.


In Spades takes its time to peel the layers and reveal its gems with successive spins.

The Skinny

Dulli has never sounded better. If you ever loved the Whigs you will love this.

The Guardian

Lead single Demon in Profile is horn-driven and moody but danceable, too – with some trademark snark – and Birdland is infused with jazz sensibility. Ingenuity in spades.


Dulli and company manage to elatedly deliver everything long-standing fans crave in an Afghan Whigs album — and they do so in spades.


There’s a lot of love and a lot of sorrow on display here and it’s impossible not to be moved as the album reaches its climax.

No Ripcord

A lean 35 minutes, the whole of In Spades eases us into Dulli’s gripping and emotionally fraught accounts, offering a noble reason for us to feel some sympathy for him after letting go some of his defeatist guise.


The great thing about In Spades, is that the Afghan Whigs have fully recommitted to their singular, weird hurter-and-hurt dynamic.


Bolstered again by the louche and ravaged voice of singer Greg Dulli, the latest from the indie rock icons is delightfully stuffed with romance and rancor.

Consequence of Sound

So much of In Spades recalls what makes the Whigs so much fun. It’s unapologetically brash, soulful, seductive, and more sophisticated than naysayers might care to admit.

Although they may not produce another classic album on the level of ‘Gentleman’ (1993), it would behoove listeners to maintain some perspective. Indeed, how many grunge-era artists are still around, let alone crafting satisfying records in the 2010s?

In Spades confirms Greg Dulli is still a talent worth following, and if this strays from the template of the classic Afghan Whigs sound, it's not like that group was ever a democracy in the truest sense. It's Dulli's band, and what he's delivered here honestly satisfies.

Northern Transmissions
Ultimately The Afghan Whigs are a brilliant band, and one that can undoubtedly put on a great show, and one that this album will help take to a new level, thanks to some amazing jam songs. This said on this album there’s so many great melodic and sonic moments that just don’t save an overall piece that it feels like it’s always a few steps away from being absolutely exceptional.
A.V. Club

A band straining to some cathartic release that never quite arrives, but an attempt that’s worth it every time.

The Independent

Dulli mostly writes in discrete phrases, stabbing lyrics home instead of unfolding narratives: which is fine, except that allied to the ponderous piano arpeggios, grinding guitar riffs, Kodo-style drum tattoos and burring horns, it makes for a music entirely focused on declamation.

Although I had the strange idea that this is a solo album by Greg Dulli, I confess that I really enjoyed it, despite the fact that walking among the pyramids isn't exactly my favourite activity.
'In Spades' me deja el mismo sabor de boca que me dejó el antecesor 'Do To The Beast'. Ambos discos bastante parejitos, sin muchos cambios, como si éstos hubiera sido hecho en el mismo periodo. Los Afghan Whigs logran otro disco decente que no supera la barrera de lo notable ni de lo olvidable.

Canciones Favoritas: Birdland, Oriole, The Spell, I Got Lost.
Dulli still has it.
Birdland - 10/10
Arabian Heights - 10/10
Demon in Profile - 10/10
Toy Automatic - 10/10
Oriole - 10/10
Copernicus - 10/10
The Spell - 9/10
Light as a Feather -9/10
I Got Lost - 9/10
Into the Floor - 8/10

Average Rating: 95 out of 100 = 95%

Overall Opinion: One of the best albums of 2017. Highly rated. The songs are creative, well written, incredibly produced and unique..>I cannot wait until my vinyl arrives from Sub Pop. I've enjoyed this album around 10 times digitally since they released ... read more
Fav Tracks: Arabian Heights, Oriole, I Got Lost
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Track List

  1. Birdland
  2. Arabian Heights
  3. Demon in Profile
  4. Toy Automatic
  5. Oriole
  6. Copernicus
  7. The Spell
  8. Light as a Feather
  9. I Got Lost
  10. Into the Floor
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Added on: March 8, 2017