Oaklandazulasylum

  • Record Label: anticon.
  • Release Date: Jun 24, 2003
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Alternative Press
    70
    All you can do with oaklandazulasylum is dive in and hang on to the moments of true beauty, the shards of shattered folk songs, synth-pop and multitracked harmonies that litter--or decorate--why?'s mindscape. [Sep 2003, p.118]
  2. His melodies hang in the air, homespun like Saturday afternoon arts and crafts, creating a lush foreground that contrasts something lovely with his minimalist production. This latest holds to that formula, and improves upon it.
  3. From the first song it sounds rich and original.... It's as major a step as you'd expect-- really, as you'd demand-- from someone like Why?, not only for its sheer inventiveness, but the continuity that turns these lyrical snapshots into moving portraits.
  4. Unlike cLOUDDEAD, every track on Oaklandazulasylum is, at least musically, accessible and inviting.
  5. Uncut
    70
    Strangely compelling. [Oct 2003, p.124]
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 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
    10
    Yoni Wolf is a genius and his first record is proof of that. Expanding on the sounds he made with Greenthink, cLOUDDEAD, Reaching Quiet, andYoni Wolf is a genius and his first record is proof of that. Expanding on the sounds he made with Greenthink, cLOUDDEAD, Reaching Quiet, and Hymie's Basement, Yoni's first official release as WHY? is as impressive as it is mind-boggling. Full Review »