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  • Summary: The latest album for the California group was recorded during the Alopecia recording sessions.
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  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. Eskimo Snow is the stronger set and a significant step forward for the band.
  3. Does it work? Of course it works.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  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. 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]

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  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. Collapse
  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. Expand