Eskimo Snow

  • Record Label: Anticon
  • Release Date: Sep 22, 2009
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Alternative Press
    80
    Wolf's delivery is more restrained as he refrains from his usual outbursts of energy. [Oct 2009, p.115]
  2. Though not as readily exciting as "Alopecia," Eskimo Snow is more accessible without compromising.
  3. Eskimo Snow simply categorizes those words in a bit more careful, less adventurous fashion than Wolf and company have revealed before. While this latest release is quite literally the second side of the same coin (or recording session), it feels flatter.
  4. The understated songs are the most memorable here (and the least Why?-like), and it sort of makes me wish the rockier material were shelved so that the whole album could be tailored to this mood of graceful resignation.
  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. Does it work? Of course it works.
  7. Why? the person always had unique ideas, but, for the first time, Why? the band complements these thoughts and feelings with consistency, creating an accessible, exciting and complete work.
  8. There are moments on indie folksters Why?’s fourth album that propel you into a state of emotional bliss.... [But] Eskimo Snow isn’t immune from the odd blooper, however.
  9. 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.
  10. Eskimo Snow is the stronger set and a significant step forward for the band.
  11. Why?’s ability to write so prolifically, that holds Eskimo Snow together. It keeps us looking forward to what the collective will present us with next, even if the quality of Yoni Wolf's vocals are up for debate.
  12. Q Magazine
    80
    Why? always had the brains, now they've located their heart. [Nov 2009, p.115]
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. With lyrics clever and humorously crude, frontman Yoni Wolf has shown he can make good music from many states of mind, but Eskimo Snow needs sharper focus.
  16. 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.
  17. Under The Radar
    60
    For some, Wolf's gloomy musing will come across as just plain depressing, but there's enough gallow humor and tumult to keep it noteworthy. [Fall 2009, p.68]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 10, 2012
    9
    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 thisThis 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. Full Review »
  2. LeahT.
    Sep 27, 2009
    8
    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 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. Full Review »