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1 review »I still think 'Elephant Eyelash' is the best Why? album. That's the one with the real cross breed of avant hop and slacker indie rock where you can barely see the lines being blurred. Last years 'Alopecia' was reasonably good but ...hmm.. I just found it a little - how shall i put this- major label-y despite it not being on a major label. We're not even at the end of 2009 and we have another offer ... »

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Eskimo Snow by Why?
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4 people love this record. Be the 5th!
9/10 Clinton Staff review, 01 October 2009
I still think 'Elephant Eyelash' is the best Why? album. That's the one with the real cross breed of avant hop and slacker indie rock where you can barely see the lines being blurred. Last years 'Alopecia' was reasonably good but ...hmm.. I just found it a little - how shall i put this- major label-y despite it not being on a major label. We're not even at the end of 2009 and we have another offering called 'Eskimo Snow', this time its a full on singer songwriter effort. Piano led meandering songs that kind of sound like Pavement singing the Randy Newman songbook. The spectre of They Might Be Giants looms large in everything Why? does and this has similarities to their overlooked album 'John Henry' which saw them doing a more straight ahead brand of music without the oddball quirkiness. So an album to take home and live with for a few months rather than one that is going to give you instant thrills. The proof in the pudding is whether the songs unfurl themselves and reveal hidden melodies on repeated listening or whether they just stay at meandering. On second listen i'd say the former is more likely. Why? is a superb songwriter whose songs can sometimes jar on first listen but the more you hear his work the more you realise the lad knows what he's doing. I'm going to stick my neck out and give this a recommendation. On Tomla

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