Alopecia - Why?
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  • Summary: The band returns with its latest album. With guests musicians Andrew Broder and Mark Erickson of Fog.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. There’s nothing else like this out there that’s as perfectly realised as this, and to draw upon previous, albeit indirect precedents, that leaves only one outcome from this unruly verbiage.
  2. As for his lyrics, it's wrong to call them stream-of-consciousness, since that implies Wolf is a poor self-editor; nothing about Alopecia is lazy. It's more like 5 a.m. journal entries cut up and turned to collage.
  3. It's his lyrics, brutally honest and often desperate, that elevate Alopecia from curiosity to conquest.
  4. Why? are back with their most accessible record to date. [Spring 2008, p.85]
  5. Alopecia exhibits impressive growth and an admirable attention to detail that places yet another unique stone along Yoni Wolf’s fascinating career arc.
  6. 74
    I have no idea what's he's saying. I have absolutely no idea why the record is called Alopecia. But as I keep playing it, I really don't care. [Winter 2008, p. 100]
  7. For me personally their sound isn't progressive any more--it's regressive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Nov 23, 2010
    10
    Alopecia: Stands out in my mind as one of my favorite albums of all time. Cryptic, funny melodic and diverse. And a lot of fun to rap alongAlopecia: Stands out in my mind as one of my favorite albums of all time. Cryptic, funny melodic and diverse. And a lot of fun to rap along to when you know the words. The fall of mr.fifths is my top played in my itunes, which, in my humble opinion says quite a lot. Criminally overlooked. Expand
  2. PatrickR.
    Mar 28, 2008
    10
    Every song on this album is badass! Yoni and company have tapped into a great beauty here.
  3. SteveJ.
    Mar 12, 2008
    10
    Best album of the year!!
  4. BenK.
    Apr 18, 2008
    10
    Not usually my style, but I can't stop listening. Gets more melancholic every time I play it.
  5. MatiasK.
    Mar 24, 2008
    9
    Another great album by Why?.
  6. JamesM.
    Apr 16, 2008
    8
    Excellent, although a bit hit and miss in my opinion.
  7. SinBad
    Apr 2, 2008
    3
    81 for this crap? Man, the hipsters will latch onto any garbage.