The Afghan Whigs – Congregation

ARTIST: The Afghan Whigs     220px-Afghan_Whigs_Congregation

TITLE:  Congregation

YEAR RELEASED: 1992

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Turn on the Water, Conjure Me, Miles Iz Ded

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I’m Her Slave

LINEUP: John Curley, Greg Dulli, Steve Earle, Rick McCollum

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The Afghan Whigs announce their full presence with authority with a great album that sets their course for the rest of the 90’s.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: They were on Sub Pop, but they weren’t from the Northwest, nor were they grunge. The Afghan Whigs decadent and hedonistic elegance is in full form here.

There’s a combo of alternative rock, soul and other elements in the music, as McCollum’s guitar reigns over the songs. But the star is Dulli – his vocals, mannerisms and lyrics are intriguing, compelling and at times revulsive. It’s all about Dulli on the prowl, as a hunter and as the hunted.

The album kind of loses a bit of steam during the back half. The slow burns get wearisome after a while, but it ends on a quite high note with “Miles Iz Ded”, a song tacked on at the end of the album from a different session.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Sub Pop was almost bankrupt and this album was on hold until they could pay the studio (actually Dulli had to find a job to pay the studio then Sub Pop paid him back) and manufacture and release the album. Then Nevermind hit and Sub Pop became flush with royalties

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: A-: Most of is nice and sleazy.

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