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Dulli doesn't disgrace himself after a sixteen year wait
on 4 February 2016
7/10 maybe. Decent effort. "It Kills" with its subtle ooh oohs and demented middle-eight soul scream; and "Into the Woods" masterly minor key to major switch up almost justify the price of admission and would easily make a best of Whigs but the whole soul-grunge vibe (a mostly horrible idea the Whigs pretty smartly pulled off on the trio of Gentlemen, Black Love and 1965 is mostly absent and the album trails off in the second half with too many uninspired rockers (The Lottery, Royal Cream) and semi-baked experiements (Can Rova with its tacked on house beat of all things!) Could have done with a proper blow out like "Faded"! Rick McCollum is definitely missed, on closer "These Sticks" a McCollum like guitar figure appears very low in the mix like a ghost at the feast. Studio trickery abounds comensurate with Dulli's increased mastery with many indeterminate instruments, crowd noise echoes, electronic buzzing aspects not present on the more analogue Whigs 1.0 up to and including a bizarre use of autotune on "Algiers" and "The Lottery."