Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. The Unicorns’ Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? defines indie-pop, laden with hooks boasting a charmingly lo-fi sound devoid of pretensions and true to whatever whimsy their muse has stricken them with.
  2. The mood is buoyant, the instrumentation is varied and the childlike naivety runs rampant throughout.
  3. Genuinely great pop music that's experimental, catchy, and, most of all, weird.
  4. Those without a stomach for a little humor in their music will surely thumb their noses, but for everyone else, this is essential listening: a whip-smart band of originals, living with death, throwing coconuts at the rest of us from greener pastures.
  5. The Unicorns manage to polish an array of pawn shop instruments into miniature masterpieces.
  6. They rival The Shins, or The Magnetic Fields, or any of the innumerable indie touchstones, but what truly sets Who Will Cut Our Hair apart is the near-total absence of traditional verse/chorus/verse framework in their songs; to nail beautiful, memorable lines with such remarkable ease is a feat unto itself, but to do so in essentially formless compositions is a different class of achievement entirely.
  7. The Unicorns’ schtick isn’t very difficult to see through; they’re grown adults writing children’s songs for grown adults.
  8. It's the sound of people having fun. [4 Dec 2004, p.55]
  9. A consistent, immediately catchy album that holds up after repeated listens.
  10. Although much of the album sounds amateurish, and sometimes painfully so, the Unicorns regularly remind us that it's all shtick.
  11. To be sure, there is an ironic smirk clinging to much of Who Will Cut Our Hair..., but there is also the subtle beatings of unpretentious sympathy and maverick potential.
  12. It’s improbably refreshing to hear musicians that were clearly weaned on Frank Zappa, Supertramp and ELO messing things up and having a laugh.
  13. 70
    The schizophrenic tone changes recall the experimentation of Deerhoof, yet the overall sound is as natural as The Flaming Lips. [Jan 2005, p.132]
  14. 60
    Their patchwork approach to psychedelia recalls the shoestring ingenuity of cult mid-'90s act Neutral Milk Hotel. [Jan 2005, p.104]
  15. Strangely lovable and lovably strange, sort of like a lo-fi version of the Flaming Lips.
  16. I’m just astounded by how bad this album actually is.
User Score
9.4

Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Nov 11, 2011
    10
    This album is beyond amazing. It's songs are great by themselves and have some awesome hooks. Every song is through-composed, which speaks for The Unicorns' compositional skills. As great as all the songs are by themselves, however, it only gets better. Upon listening to this album about 20 times, I realized that it's also carries a loose theme and tells the story of The Unicorns' acceptance of death. The early songs on the album speak of how great it is to be alive and the feats of the living, but after "I Was Born A Unicorn" it takes on a tone that praises death and an acceptance and almost embracing of the inevitable. Full Review »