Why Bother?

Metascore
71

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. Alternative Press
    50
    Mediocre. [May 2007, p.162]
  3. ADULT. are an awesome band that have yet to make an awesome album. This one, however, is still pretty damn good.
  4. As their music has grown more detailed, the details have become ever more foreboding.
  5. Filter
    76
    A depraved collection of indigestible tracks. [#24, p.99]
  6. At times, Why Bother? is an unlistenable racket.
  7. Unless you're a fan, the title says it all.
  8. Why Bother sounds like it would be fun to see live in a dive bar, but at home it's a little grating to listen to from start to finish.
  9. 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.
  10. '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.
  11. Q Magazine
    60
    Headaches and nausea are a possibility, so approach with caution. [Apr 2007, p.116]
  12. There’s something oddly accessible about the mess the duo make on Why Bother?
  13. 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.
  14. Uncut
    80
    By far their boldest statement yet. [Apr 2007, p.92]
  15. Under The Radar
    70
    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]
  16. Urb
    80
    Adult. is cathartic cabaret for the sketched out. [Apr 2007, p.101]

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