Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Why Bother? is even more radical [than its predecessor], pairing dead-calm passages with weird and often downright evil-sounding electronics that recall Throbbing Gristle and Wolf Eyes.
  2. It's a little disappointing that none of the band's stylistic shifts have let them bloom into much more, but as furrows for ploughing go, this one's still pretty fascinating, and still all theirs.
  3. Uncut
    By far their boldest statement yet. [Apr 2007, p.92]
  4. Under The Radar
    Chaotic blips and tweaks break on an undercurrent of distorted low-end grumblings, all laying a wobbly foundation for Nicola Kuperus’s wraithlike vocals. [#17, p.95]
  5. Why Bother? may not have quite the same sonic guitar depth as Gimme Trouble, but the mechanical, industrial-punk synth work, inching closer to perfection with each release, does an admirable job of filling in the aural gaps.
  6. As their music has grown more detailed, the details have become ever more foreboding.
  7. Filter
    A depraved collection of indigestible tracks. [#24, p.99]
  8. ADULT. are an awesome band that have yet to make an awesome album. This one, however, is still pretty damn good.
  9. Urb
    Adult. is cathartic cabaret for the sketched out. [Apr 2007, p.101]
  10. There’s something oddly accessible about the mess the duo make on Why Bother?
  11. 'Why Bother' is a testing listen, of course, and after a while the vocals can begin to make your brain start to dissolve in minor whirlpools.

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