The Whigs, "In the Dark"

73 Billboard Rating

Athens, Ga.-based rock act the Whigs may be from the South, but the group adopts a decidedly New York sound on its third album, "In the Dark." The 11-song set draws from some of the Big Apple's more established rock outfits, but still keeps the DIY feel of the Whigs' previous albums. The new track "Black Lotus" swarms with distorted guitars and steady drumming that's reminiscent of Manhattan modern rock minimalists the Strokes, while the chorus of the title track sounds like a grittier take on the catchy pop hooks of Brooklyn's We Are Scientists. The phrasing from Whigs singer Parker Gispert on "I Don't Even Care About the One I Love" calls to mind the breathy, dramatic deliveries of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O. But the group doesn't forsake its Georgian roots--on the bluesy "Dying," Gispert delivers his vocals with a hint of Southern twang.

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