Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 95
    Welcome to the Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain of our modern indie times. [Filter Mini, Oct 2005]
  2. Elephant Eyelash is fantastic, an indie rock record that nicely balances absurdity and directness, pop hooks with stoned weirdness.
  3. The most poetic, bookish and winsome of the anticon crew, his new album as Why? sees [Wolf] creating lavish wordscapes over the deceptively straightforward folk rock music.
  4. 80
    Lurch[es] from homecooked early Beck to the expansive hooks of Brian Wilson or Todd Rundgren. [Dec 2005, p.104]
  5. The rich--and sometimes gorgeous--glitch-folk of Elephant Eyelash certainly does the trick. [Nov 2005, p.226]
  6. Wolf has surpassed his personal best with one of the best records released this year.
  7. Elephant Eyelash sounds less crisp and less striking than the folk-plus-beats arrangements of 2003's Oaklandazurasylum, but it brings more heart; where that earlier album's lyrics crackled with the anxiety of beating yourself up after a bad day at school, Elephant Eyelash soars like the last songs on prom night.
  8. Yes, the almost nonsensical, stream-of-consciousness lyrics are still there, but the sense of songwriting, melody, and even depth of instrumentation has been expanded upon.
  9. Why? packs so much musical and lyrical detail into his songs that you anxiously await each song to see if he can do it again. On Elephant Eyelash, he does it twelve times. [#11]
  10. 70
    Finds [Wolf] firmly ensconced within a four-piece-band format, but still coming up with the lyrical goods on a regular basis. [Dec 2005, p.102]
  11. 70
    Damn decent stuff. [Oct 2005, p.85]
  12. A disappointingly safe album of reasonably enjoyable pop songs by interesting musicians masquerading as average ones.
  13. This is an unambitious album in the best way.
  14. It’s not that change is bad, but Wolf is moving into areas already well covered and away from ideas that beg for more exploration.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. [Anonymous]
    Oct 28, 2005
    why? has done it again, after continually growing as an artist through multiple releases, he unleashes his tightest and most powerful album. full of indie, hip-hop, electronic, spoken word, poetry, and all around goodness. may not be for everyone, as most people are idiots, therefore if you like this album, you'll have passed my test. Full Review »
  2. Jun 17, 2011
    Absolute orgy for the ears. Wolf is a minor musical/poetic genius. Lyrics that unfurl slowly with each and every listen. Still prefer alopecia personally but both are extremely underrated/ undiscovered LP's. I love loving Why? is what I'm hear to say. Full Review »
  3. Johnm
    Apr 16, 2008
    A captivating record which improves on each listen. The album has songs on it that just don't get old (like rubber traits) and little filler material. Wolf put a lot of time in creating the melodies on this record. Worth buying. Full Review »