Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. Apr 28, 2017
    A record so good it answers its own title question and makes you eager to ask it again.
  2. May 3, 2017
    What Now contemplates private change of circumstance and personhood with pathos, kindness, and humour, and bangs fervidly in the process.
  3. May 1, 2017
    The rhythm sections and synths have been crafted with a newfound appreciation for sound, but with unexpected, childlike curiosity. The lyrics retain a relatable amount of simplicity, yet they also portray an intimate exploration of self-worth and image.
  4. 80
    There are plenty of less banging, but still lovely, treats elsewhere on this sweet-but-sharp set, too.
  5. Apr 26, 2017
    What Now is accessible in every sense of the word, but after several spins, it'll pull you much deeper than one might initially think.
  6. 80
    At its core, What Now is a love letter to music, warts and all. About the romance, the emotional release and the sheer joy it can bring when everything feels so doom-laden.
  7. Uncut
    Apr 20, 2017
    This follow-up to their 2014 debut blends antique-sounding folk tracks with glossier electronic numbers including "Die Young," which cocoons premature death in pretty harmonies, and "Kick Jump Twist," about the quest for instant fame. [Jun 2017, p.38]
  8. Apr 14, 2017
    With What Now, the band celebrates infectious, accessible music as a diversion from the mundane, as a way to give voice to universal feelings, even as they warn against its ability to distract from genuine expression in favor of manufactured sentiment.
  9. Apr 14, 2017
    This album deserves your attention and is a perfect example of a group accomplishing and exceeding their full potential.
  10. Apr 18, 2017
    Sylvan Esso fans will fall deeper in love with the duo on this second album, while its casual onlookers won't be able to unlock their gaze. [Apr-Jun 2017, p.86]
  11. 75
    It swings between biting and sublime, with occasional moments of triteness; but when Meath and Sanborn get it right, they get it very, very right. In a live setting, even the trite ones will bang, and maybe that’s all you can really ask.
  12. Apr 26, 2017
    It grapples with and effectively communicates what happens after the party, what it feels like to come down.
  13. Apr 26, 2017
    When Meath and Sanborn ease into a slower lane, they find a sweetness that isn’t entirely likable. There is a bitterness to their Southern bless-your-heart feel, swaddling sharp observations in mannered dance-pop.
  14. Aug 7, 2017
    Resonate with them, and you learn to speak about yourself in a way that carries meaning--and this is what What Now does best. Take a walk with this in your headphones and look at the people passing by; you’re allowed some isolation among others.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. May 16, 2017
    While I didn’t find their sound to be particularly entrancing here, which seemed to be the crux of the album, some of the spaces that theyWhile I didn’t find their sound to be particularly entrancing here, which seemed to be the crux of the album, some of the spaces that they created were quite cool and ethereal, with real worth here being the well-formed melodic shapes that made this music memorable. My Score: 124/180 (Good) = 6.9/10 Full Review »