Oaklandazulasylum

  • Record Label: anticon.
  • Release Date: Jun 24, 2003
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5

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  1. ChelseaP
    Jul 27, 2003
    10
    This album is amazing, absolutely beautiful. I can't stop listening to it. It's comparable to many other projects, but also completely unique in many ways. If there was a rating higher than ten, I"d give it that.
  2. 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, and Hymie's Basement, Yoni's first official release as WHY? is as impressive as it is mind-boggling.
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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Urb
    60
    A few of these tracks feel more like unfinished sketches than completed songs, but if it's sparse folk-noir you're after, why? delivers the goods. [Aug 2003, p.90]