Eskimo Snow Image

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics What's this?

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: The latest album for the California group was recorded during the Alopecia recording sessions.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sacrificing none of their self-effacement in their pursuit of a more emotionally direct style, WHY? have stumbled upon something uniquely personal yet utterly commercial.
  2. Does it work? Of course it works.
  3. Why? always had the brains, now they've located their heart. [Nov 2009, p.115]
  4. Alopecia and Eskimo Snow may be classic examples of beautiful, expressive sad-sackery, but I hope Wolf realizes that there are colors in the rainbow other than black and blue.
  5. At only ten songs, it hasn’t the broadness of past, but it is possibly their most cohesive record. Consistency may rarely outrank greatness in order of virtues but if there’s an argument to be made, it’s perhaps found here.
  6. Eskimo Snow just feels like the right kind of album for an incredibly gifted and increasingly prolific band like WHY? to release as a quick palate cleanser, reaching an endpoint of a certain sound rather than trying to top its predecessor's unmatchable extremities.
  7. The second half of the album is much more consistent if you still feel like listening, but beyond a spare moment or two (“This Blackest Purse” is surprisingly touching), most of Eskimo Snow is easily surpassed by other songs from Why?’s catalogue.

See all 17 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 10, 2012
    This album is probably the most cohesive piece of art to ever come out of Yoni Wolf's brain. I love every song he's ever written and this record does not disappoint. Some people say it isn't as good as Alopecia, I say it is just as good but completely different. Expand
  2. LeahT.
    Sep 27, 2009
    It can't quite measure up to the utter awesomeness that was Alopecia, but it stands on its own two feet rather well and is more heartfelt than a lot of their other work. Expand